Archaeological Crypt of Notre Dame du Bourg
The result of three excavation campaigns, the archaeological crypt of Notre-Dame du Bourg reveals traces of construction on the exact location of the origins of the town of Digne, over 870 m².
In 1980, when long works began to save and consolidate Notre-Dame du Bourg cathedral, a first campaign of archaeological excavations (1987-1988) was necessary inside the building to promote the restoration needs of the religious building. The first discoveries will reveal, among other things, the presence of a large-scale place of worship with traces of its liturgical arrangements, the use of which continued from the XNUMXth century to the XNUMXth century. These very promising results will inevitably lead to broadening research into two other sectors, outside.
Thus, the first small Christian church at the end of the XNUMXth century - beginning of the XNUMXth century and the ancient walls of the XNUMXst-XNUMXrd centuries will attest to an ancient establishment in the Bourg district.
What is spectacular here is that the traces of the constructions span nearly fifteen centuries and that the strong raising of the soil which has occurred over time, sometimes up to six meters high, has allowed a remarkable conservation. remains.
The realization of this museum was only possible through the launch of an ambitious plan for the conservation and enhancement of the ancient heritage of the Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur region. The scope and interest of the archaeological discoveries motivated the partners to develop the crypt and make it possible for the public to access it.
Duration of the visit: 1h30, or freely thanks to 23 explanatory panels. Audio guide in French and English. Commissioning of the "DignArkeo" application available on a tablet or free to download and transportable on your smartphone in French, Italian or English versions.
The staff of the Crypt can also respond to a request for a free guided tour of the cathedral for a group by reservation.
COVID 19 special provisions
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Labels & accessibility
- Haute Provence members
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Duration of individual visit: 90 minutes (on average)
- Unguided individual tours permanently
- Guided individual tours on request
- Guided group tours on request
Supplement to the visit
2 guided tours / month.
Comfort / services
- Wifi Internet access
- Coach access
- Drop off on site for groups
- Parking lot
- Coach parking
- Parking nearby
- Free visits
- Guided tours
- Educational visits
- Public toilets
Activities on site
- Children's entertainment
- Temporary exhibitions
Complementary animals: Tie them outside.
Full price: € 6
Reduced price: €4 (including museum passport price)
Job seeker: €6
Large family: 6 €
Disabled: 6 €
Adult group: €8 (Guided tour of the crypt
Group of children: 30 € (Free if school in Provence Alpes Agglo
Fixed price of 30€ if outside the agglomeration).
Free for children under 12 and students.
Group rate from 10 people.
Free on the 1st Saturday of each month
Free for students with proof.
Free for schoolchildren in Provence Alpes Agglo.
From 01/04 to 31/10/2023
Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:30 p.m. to 18:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14:30 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Closed Monday and Sunday.
Exceptional closures on Easter Monday, May 1 and May 8.