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Top 10 places in Marseilles

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Visit Basilica of Our Lady of the Guard

Basilica of Our Lady of the Guard

From the prehistory, the hill of the Garde (148 m), over the centuries, was simultaneously a lookout post, a military work (built by Francis I in 1524) and a place of worship and pilgrimage. Monseigneur de Mazenod decided to build a large basilica (1853-1854) in order to welcome the many pilgrims.... Read more

Visit Cathedral of Major

Cathedral of Major

The new cathedral of the Major was built by Leon Vaudoyer between 1852 and 1893 in a Roman-Byzantine style. Its "exotic" style and its sumptuous interior decoration invariably think of the churches of the Orient. It is the largest cathedral built since the Middle Ages. It is located on the site of... Read more

Visit Château Borely and its park

Château Borely and its park

It is built from 1767 to 1778 according to the plans of Peyre and Brun for the merchant Louis Borély and bought in 1856 by Paulin Talabot. The 18th century bastide is enhanced by a "à la française" garden and a landscaped park. Owner in 1860, the City of Marseilles addresses to Alphand... Read more

Visit Castle of If

Castle of If

Until the sixteenth century, the island is wild and an occasional haven for fishermen. In 1524, Francis I ordered the construction of a fort. Very soon, the fortress changes its function and becomes prison the strong heads, the canaille and the recalcitrant galleys. From the seventeenth century,... Read more

Visit Castle of the Buzine

Castle of the Buzine

The Castle of the Buzine "Castle of my mother" built in 1867 and acquired by Marcel Pagnol in 1941 in the hope of creating a "City of Cinema" was bought by the City of Marseille in 1995 and classified Historic Monument. After three years of rehabilitation by the Cabinet d'... Read more

Visit Church of the Reformed - St Vincent de Paul

Church of the Reformed - St Vincent de Paul

In the 14th century, the hermits of Saint Augustin settled on the site of the church Saint-Ferréol les Augustins. During the Revolution, the monks were dispersed. In 1803, a new parish was created in this neighborhood, whose population increased. The new neo-Gothic-inspired church was designed... Read more

Visit Fort Saint Jean - MuCEM

Fort Saint Jean - MuCEM

In the 13th century, the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem (Order of Malta) settled on the site. There stands the tower of Roy René raised after the bag of the Aragonnais (1423) and the tower of the lantern of 1644. The Knight of Clerville builds the fort and digs a flooded ditch.... Read more

Visit Antique Port

Antique Port

In 1967, during the construction of a shopping center, the Center Bourse, important archaeological remains were discovered. A garden has been set up to highlight these various vestiges. The ancient Greek port ascended higher to the northeast by forming a horn along the ramparts.... Read more

Visit Creeks


With a total area of ??5000 hectares, the site is classified since 1975. The name Calanque comes from the Latin "Calanca" which means rocky creek. The Cave Cosquer, the oldest underwater cave painted, dated 27 000 BC, today classified Historic Monument is discovered in 1992 (closed to the... Read more

Visit Palace of the Bourse

Palace of the Bourse

The Chamber of Commerce of Marseille, dean of France created in 1599, was installed on the ground floor of the Palais Communal then of the City Hall. Becoming more powerful, the Chamber of Commerce decided in the early nineteenth century to build a palace on the Canebière. The project of the... Read more

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