Excavations beneath Geneva's cathedral have revealed Roman mosaics, several Early Christian churches and a medieval crypt. A catwalk leads visitors through the ancient ruins.
What to See at Geneva Cathedral Archaeological Site
The Site Archéologique (Archaeological Site) in Geneva was discovered underneath the Cathédrale St-Pierre when its foundations needed reinforcement in 1976. So far, excavations beneath the cathedral have uncovered:
The ruins encompass so many different eras that they can be confusing, but there are audio guides in English and excellent signs (with diagrams and drawings) in French and English to help.
The foundations are not terribly exciting (being piles of stone), but the in-situ mosaics and artifacts are quite interesting. The self-guided walking tour is well laid-out, with good lighting and sturdy catwalks leading visitors around an underground maze of ancient history.
Quick Facts on Geneva Cathedral Archaeological Site
|Names:||Cathedral Archaeological Site · Geneva Cathedral Archaeological Site · Site archéologique|
|Categories:||churches; archaeological sites; city ruins|
|Visitor and Contact Information|
|Coordinates:||46.201140° N, 6.148025° E|
|Address:||Cours St-Pierre 6|
|Lodging:||View hotels near Geneva Cathedral Archaeological Site|
- Personal visit (December 23, 2006).
- Fodor's Switzerland 2005.
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