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Monumento Sibaud – a tribute in the Bobbio Valley to the Waldenses’ GLorious Return. The Waldenses were exiled from their homeland in modern Italy, and resettled in Geneva and other Protestant lands. But they determined to return to their homeland in modern Italy, so they secretly under ... Read More
Joshua Janavel's Muskets

Joshua Janavel’s Muskets

The Waldenses suffered much persecution and faced opposition from all sides. They had to be well prepared to defend themselves. These enormous muskets would have been used by their sentries. According to tradition, one was supposed to have belonged to their famous general Joshua Janavel. ... Read More
French Bible from the Reformation

French Bible from the Reformation

This was one of the Bibles that the ‘Poor of Lyon’ (another name for the Waldensians) translated from Latin into French. It dates to 1580. ... Read More
The Casa Valdese

The Casa Valdese

Today we are in Waldensian Country learning about the early Reformation. The Casa Valdese was and still is used as a meeting place for Waldensian leaders. ... Read More
Where Michael Servetus was Condemned

Where Michael Servetus was Condemned

This is the City Hall of Geneva, where the Unitarian Michael Servetus was sentenced to death. He came to Geneva after escaping prison, where he was being held for heresy. Two Catholic countries were trying to have him executed. Calvin is often censured for burning him at the stake, but in actuality ... Read More
The Reformation City of Geneva

The Reformation City of Geneva

Today we visited Geneva – which was a city of refuge in the Alps, to many Protestants fleeing persecution in the 16th century. It was also a center of missionary activity. Thousands were trained here and sent out all over the world. ... Read More