The night of the Escalade (2022)

Mon-Fri: 9am to 6pm, Sat: 9am to 12pm

Bibliothèque de Genève

closed: Saturday 3 December 2022 and from Saturday 24 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023 inclusive

A living tradition, the Escalade has been celebrated by the people of Geneva since the 17th century. The publication of La nuit de l'Escalade in 1915 and of Le Siècle de la Réforme in 1917, two books illustrated by Édouard Elzingre, helped to popularise the event and influenced the costumes of the historical procession. This exhibition shows the most striking images of this famous night of 11-12 December 1602. Ah, the beautiful Escalade!

Couloir des coups d'œil, first floor of the Bibliothèque de Genève, promenade des Bastions 8, 1205 Geneva
Free admission

Re-discovering the "Night of the Escalade
Tuesday 6 December, Thursday 8 December, Friday 9 December, Saturday 10 December
12.30 pm, Free, 45 minutes, no registration
By Jean-Quentin Haefliger

C'é qu'è l'ainô ?
Wednesday 7 December
12.30 pm, Free, 45 minutes, no registration required
By Joël Aguet and Nicolas Schaetti

Organisation: Bibliothèque de Genève, in collaboration with the Compagnie de 1602
Curator: Nicolas Schaetti

Part of the exhibition will be visible online at the same time on

About the venue

Promenade des Bastions 8, 1205 Genève