Archaeological Site of St. Pierre Cathedral, Geneva

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Discover the rich history behind one of Geneva's most prominent churches at Archaeological Site of St. Pierre Cathedral. Construction works carried out in the 1980s accidently uncovered a plethora of ancient artifacts at this site, dating as far back as the Roman Empire. These have been carefully examined and curated to provide visitors with a remarkable insight into the city's history and the past of this important building. Witness remnants of the basilica that once stood here, including the Roman crypt, monk's cells, and allobrogian tomb. For a more in-depth tour, pick up one of the audio headsets at the cathedral's entrance. Arrange your visit to Archaeological Site of St. Pierre Cathedral and discover more family-friendly attractions in Geneva using our Geneva day trip website .
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  • I would like to visit similar places but this disapointed me. It's pile of stones only. You don't see anything interesting here. I can compare this place with other archeological sites that I've seen ...  more »
  • Entrance is to the right of the Cathedral. The visit allows you to trace the successive evolutions of the Saint Pierre Cathedral. It's a real discovery of the history course located under the Cathedral. A highlight, the discovery of the mosaics in the reception room of the Bishop.
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  • A well set out and interesting exhibition. The signs and movies and audio guides take you through the evolution of the cathedral over the last 2000 years. The mosaics of the bishops reception were the...  more »
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  • This is one of the best archeological sites with an almost a detective story.
  • Very well-designed exhibit, with interactive screens, short films, and information panels that are color-coded by century! However, I don't believe that it's worth 8.00 CHF for an adult ticket -- if you have a Geneva Museum Pass, however, and really enjoy archeological digs, definitely check out this wealth of information.

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In the elegant city of Geneva, a little shuteye doesn't come cheap. A number of relatively expensive hotels surround the lakefront, a prime location for visitors here; note that these tend to fill up for conferences and trade shows, so plan accordingly. More budget-minded travelers can look into options closer to the airport, which is a quick 15-minute ride on public transport into the city. While there a very few family-owned guesthouses and hotels, there are a handful of hostels--though these too are priced pretty steep. You can also find more affordable options in the outlying cities of Annemasse and Gaillard.
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