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“Impressive Archaeological site in Old Town Geneva” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral

Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral
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US$131.84*
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Day Trip to Geneva and Annecy from Chamonix
Ranked #16 of 145 things to do in Geneva
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Impressive Archaeological site in Old Town Geneva”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

This is the most impressive hidden gem of Geneva: an extensive archaeological dig, right under the main Cathedral. The area is quite large, with many, clearly labeled, layers of digs, and many artifacts. You can easily spend 2-3 hours at this one site, and emerge enriched with new information. For any history buff visiting Geneva, this place belongs on the MUST VISIT list.

Visited August 2013
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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“Really interesting - and I'm not that into History!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

We were visiting the Cathedral and intended to just pop into the archaeological site for a quick look round. We hadn't realized how much there was to see and ended up staying a couple of hours. We used the audio guide in English and I think that without it the whole place could be quite confusing - but as long as you listen to the guide and follow the arrows then it all makes perfect sense.
I'm not that into history but I found the origins of the site and the development of the buildings over time really fascinating. Lots of information to take in but well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

I was very much looking forward to touring this site, but overall it was disappointing. The audio tour was very confusing, and did not work so well if more than one person was standing in the same area. You move through the area, but without much direction, so you kind of jump back and forth in the time line. Everything pretty much looks the same. Go if your are really interested in archeology, otherwise skip this and just go look at the beautiful architecture outside.

Visited May 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“An excellent site”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

We stumbled on this by accident while visiting St. Pierre's Cathedral. I think it was like 8 swiss francs with a guided media tour. Fascinating ruins, and one of the highlights on my trip.

Visited May 2014
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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“over 2000 years of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

There is considerable history here if you are interested in taking the tour. It takes about 1 hour but you are free to go as fast or slow as you like. Self guided audio tour in 6 languages is very informative. Some audio tour stops are a bit confusing and you'll have to remember that there are multiple layers of chapels built on top of each other. Colored guide markers help you to understand the age of each level of stone, and the structures and walls. It doesn't take too much to visualize the historical floor plans. Most impressive for me was the skeleton of the Allobrogian chieftain. This person died over 2000 years ago and is believed to be the reason that this site has been a source of worship since pre-Christian time. Also very interesting was the ornate mosaic floor in the Bishop's reception chamber.

Visited May 2014
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