Historic site and monument
in Digne-les-Bains

Crypte Archéologique 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 from the end of the 4th century to the beginning of the 5th century and the ancient walls of the 1st and 3rd centuries attest to an ancient settlement in the Bourg district.

What is spectacular here is that the traces of construction span nearly fifteen centuries and that the significant elevation of the soil which has occurred over time, sometimes up to six meters high, has allowed remarkable conservation. remains.

The creation 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 scale 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 for the photographer

Before taking any photo, contact the Crypt reception staff who will direct you.

Tips and Suggestions

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

We speak French


  • Historical patrimony
  • Archeological site

Location details

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


Average duration of the individual visit: 90 min.
Minimum group size: 30 people

Language(s) of the visit


Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request

Group visit services

  • Guided group tours on request


Opening hours from April 02 to October 31, 2024
TuesdayOpen from 14:30 a.m. to 18:30 p.m.
WednesdayOpen from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 30 p.m.
ThursdayOpen from 14:30 a.m. to 18:30 p.m.
FridayOpen from 14:30 a.m. to 18:30 p.m.
SaturdayOpen from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 30 p.m.

Exceptional Closure(s)

  • 01/04/2024
  • 09/05/2024
  • 01/05/2024
  • 08/05/2024


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 children under: 12 years old

Payment methods

  • Cheque
  • Cash



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

Adapted tourism

Adapted service: Not wheelchair accessible

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On the spot…


Prevot Street
Bourg district
04000 Digne-les-Bains
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