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Historic site and monument à Digne-les-Bains

Crypte Archéologique Notre Dame du Bourg


Rue du Prévot
Quartier du Bourg
04000 Digne-les-Bains

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About Us

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, freely available thanks to 23 explanatory panels. Audio guide in French and English. A “DignArkeo” application available on tablet or downloadable for free 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.

Services for children :
Suggested treasure hunts and workshops for children.

Tips and Suggestions :
Free every first Saturday of the month from April to October
Museum passport price: €4

Tips for the photographer :
Before taking any photo, contact the Crypt reception staff who will direct you.


  • Historical patrimony
  • Archeological site

Location details

  • Public transport stop within 500 m
  • Bus stop within 500 m
  • In the city


Average duration of the individual visit: 90 min

Group accepted up to 30 people

Visit languages

  • Français

Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request

Group visits services

  • Guided group tours on request


Opening hours from April 02 to October 31, 2024
Wednesdays Open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 14:30 a.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Thursdays Open from 14:30 a.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Friday Open from 14:30 a.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 30 p.m.

Exceptional closure(s): April 01, 2024, May 09, 2024, May 01, 2024, May 08, 2024


Prices Min. Max.
Full price
6 € -
Reduced price

4 € -
6 € -
Big family
6 € -
6 € -
Adult group

8 € -
Children group

30 € -

Free on the 1st Saturday of each month
Free for students with proof.
Free for schoolchildren in Provence Alpes Agglo.

Free for less than 12 years.

Payment method

  • Cheque
  • Cash



  • Public toilets
  • Elevator
  • Parking
  • Parking nearby
  • Coach parking
  • Toilets


  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Drop off on site for groups
  • Wifi Internet access
  • Free visits
  • Guided tours

Activities on site

  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Children's entertainment

Home animals

Pets are not accepted.


  • Not wheelchair accessible

Linked offers

On site

Journées Européennes de l’Archéologie


Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Bourg

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