Site archéologique de la Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève, Geneva

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Discover the rich history behind one of Geneva's most prominent churches at Site archéologique de la Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève. 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. Add Site archéologique de la Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève and other attractions to your Geneva trip itinerary using our Geneva vacation planner.
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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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  • It is worth taking a walk underneath St.Pierre's Cathedral. Much larger than expected and very interesting.  more »
  • This self guided tour under the Cathedral was very well done. It is self paced with an audio speaker, with recorded talks, with numbers corresponding to all the displays. It took us about an hour to g...  more »
  • This site is a must when visiting Geneva. The entrance is to the side of the main entrance to the cathedral in the vieille ville. The cost is minimal - 8frs for adults and 4frs for Seniors which inclu...  more »
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  • 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.