What is Reformation Wall?


Reformation Wall is a monument located in Geneva, Switzerland. It honors many of the main individuals who were part of the Protestant Reformation. The Wall is in the grounds of the University of Geneva, founded by John Calvin. It was inaugurated in 1909. At the center of the monument are four statues of Calvinism's main proponents: Theodore Beza (1519-1605), John Calvin (1509-1564), William Farel (1489-1565), and John Knox (1513-1572). To the left of the central statues facing the wall and ordered from left to right) are the statues of William the Silent (1533-1584), Gaspard de Coligny (1519-1572), and Frederick William of Brandenburg (1620-1688). To the right (ordered from left to right) are the statues of Roger Williams (1603-1684), Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), and Stephen Bocskay (1557-1606). Along the wall to either side of the central statues is engraved the motto of both the Reformation and Geneva: Post Tenebras Lux (After Darkness, Light).

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Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).