Byron's Meadow

Byron's Meadow (HMNH0)

Location: Cologny, GE 1223 Genève
Country: Switzerland
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N 46° 13.258', E 6° 11.055'

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Le Pr? Byron
English text:
Dear Visitors from all over the world, and Residents of Cologny, we are happy to welcome you to this very beautiful site from which both the city of Geneva and the international organizations can be admired.

On this very spot the story of "Frankenstein" was born. During the summer of 1816, the weather was atrocious, cold and rainy spells alternating with violent thunder storms. At that time Byron, a 28 year old poet, was renting the villa Diodati situated to the left of this meadow. From the terrace of the house, overlooking the lake, he was inspired to write:"There was a time when I enjoyed listening to the roaring Ocean, but your gentle babbling moves me like a sister's voice blaming me for having sought evil dissipation."

Mary Shelley was also spending the summer in Cologny, at Jacob Chappuis' home situated at the lower end of Montal?gre, below where you are now standing. One evening at the villa Diodati, Byron and Mary Shelley made a bet as to who would be the first to write a horror novel. Mary became excited at this idea, completed the story of "Frankenstein" a year later in England, and won the bet.

This meadow reminiscent of the famous "Gr?tli" is the scene of the Swiss National Day Celebrations on August 1st.

Dear visitors: to protect this beautiful site you are kindly requested to respect its:
Peacefulness : by switching off engines and radios.
Tidiness : by using the rubbish bins.
Friendliness : by keeping in harmony with this environment.
Security : by complying with the traffic regulations.

The council authorities, the Geneva police and a private security agency are responsible for supervising the site.

The Council Authorities of Cologny
November 2002

French text:
Chers Visiteurs, Citoyens du Monde et de Cologny,nous sommes heureux de vous accueillir sur ce magnifique site du bout du lac d'o? vous pouvez admirer Gen?ve ainsi que les organisations internationales.

C'est ? cet endroit m?me qu'est n?e l'histoire de "Frankenstein." Durant l'?t? 1816, le temps est d?testable : pluies froides, chaleurs et orages violents. A cette ?poque, Byron, jeune po?te de 28 ans, loue la villa Diodati, situ?e ? gauche de ce pr?. L'inspiration qu'il puise aupr de ce lac qu'il observe depuis la terrasse de la propri?t? le pousse ? ?crire:"Il fut un temps o? j'aimais les mugissements de l'Oc?an furieux, mais ton doux murmure m'attendrit comme la voix d'une soeur qui me reprocherait d'avoir trop recherch? de sombres plaisirs."

Mary Shelley passe ?galement l'?t? ? Cologny dans la maison de Jacob Chappuis, situ?e au bas de Montal?gre, au-dessous du lieu o? vous vous trouvez. Au cours d'une soir?e ? la villa Diodati, Byron et Mary Shelley font un pari: "Qui ?crira le plus rapidement un roman d'horreur?" Mary se pique au jeu et ach?vera l'histoire de "Frankenstein" l'ann?e suivante en Angleterre. C'est elle qui gagnera le pari.

Le 1er ao?t de chaque ann?e, sur la prairie que s'?tend ? vos pieds, avec son petit air de "Gr?tli", a lieu la c?l?bration de la F?te Nationale Suisse.

Pour conserver ? ce site toute sa valeur et sa beaut?, nou vous prions, chers visiteurs, de respecter:
La tranquillit? : ?teignez vos moteurs et vos radios.
La propret? : utilisez les poubelles ? disposition.
La convivialit? : restez en harmonie avec cet environnement.
La s?curit? : observez les r?gles de circulation.

Une soci?t? de s?curit?, en collaboration avex les instances communales et la police genevoise sont charg?es de surveiller ce site.

Les Autorit communales de Cologny
Novembre 2002
HM NumberHMNH0
Year Placed2002
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 8:41am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)32T E 282843 N 5122453
Decimal Degrees46.22096667, 6.18425000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 13.258', E 6° 11.055'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 13' 15.48" N, 6° 11' 3.30" E
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9 Ch. de Ruth, Cologny GE 1223, CH
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