Beneath St Peter’s Cathedral, the vestiges of the churches that preceded it lie hidden, the most ancient of which dates back to the 4th century: evidence of paleo-Christian Geneva, an important hub for the development of Christianity north of the Alps. But the basement of St Peter’s also houses pre-Christian traces of the time when this part of the city, located on the top of the hill, came under occupation: a well, a wheat processing area, a building used for services, and an Allobrogian tomb. Countless traces of ancient Geneva, unearthed over the course of 30 years of digs, have survived, despite the fact that the site has been continuously occupied for more than 2000 years.
Europa Nostra prize 2008
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