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Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral

Cour Saint Pierre 6 | CH-1204, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
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Ranked #5 of 70 attractions in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Coming for the US, it was great to see a site so old. Our kids were fascinated. Not crowded at all, and we could take our time

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Went with some tourists to Geneva as had never been and was absolutely bowled over as to how thorough the information was and interesting the site itself is: very well put together.

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Toronto
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29 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

As far as I was concerned, what is important about Cathedral St-Pierre is the movement that was launched there in the 16th C -- not what was buried underneath. So I went mostly because my daughter thought it sounded good and it was part of a combined entrance ticket. Well, I was impressed. The display had a story to tell,... More

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Washington
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199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This has a separate entrance from St Pierre Cathedral itself. From the main entrance with the large columns, it is located on the right side going under the cathedral. Cost if $8 Swiss Francs per person. An audio guide is included with the entrance fee, in multiple languages. We thought the path is well laid out, with many interesting stopping... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I was impressed by the historical importance of this site which has been a center of ritual and religious ceremony since before the arrival of Christianity, but it does take a real effort of the imagination to make these stones significant. The copious explanatory signs are in French and English, and the audio guide is a real must. The whole... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a large, active archeological site, underneath the cathedral. Nice to see and well laid out, but the audio guide is a bit verbose. Only recommend if you are interested in archeology and have a little Christian history knowledge

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Very surprised about how good this was. Expected to see just a hole in the ground and a few rocks but wow what a shock. Lots of work gone into this site which is under St Pierre Cathedral. Its massive and was well worth the money (I think 8euros). You are even given a recording to use on your way... More

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Orlando, Florida
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31 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was larger than I thought it would be. We bought the combo ticket to include the climb to the top of the cathedral and the International Museum of the Reformation and it was well worth it. Took several hours to do all of them. The audio guide was very helpful and it was amazing to hear about the history... More

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Ithaca, New York
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

How amazing is it to stumble into this beautiful cathedral, then to walk downstairs and into the most stunning, well-preserved archeological site that dates back ages, and ages. So happy to have seen this!

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Geneva, Switzerland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 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... More

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