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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 #7 of 65 attractions in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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15 attraction reviews
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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Basildon, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 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... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 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... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 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.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 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... More

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