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Abbaye Saint-Victor, Marseille

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This ancient abbey is an excellent piece of Roman architecture. You will easily identify Abbaye Saint-Victor as a monastic foundation depicting the Roman style and culture. Abbaye Saint-Victor Abbey has been named after the saint, a famous martyr and a local brave soldier – Victor of Marseilles. There are conflicting views on the actual era of origin of this abbey. Some believe that the origin of this site goes back to 415 AD, when the first monasteries were founded in Marseilles by John Cassian. Other archaeologists argue that the archaelogical eveidences at this site are only as old as the 5th century. This site has had a troubled history. Once considered as a treasure grove of relics, gold, and silver, the site was robbed of its valuables in 1794. The relics were destroyed or burnt, and the gold and silver were melted to form coins. Now, the once magnificent abbey is left only with a church deicated to St. Victor. The abbey houses some crypts as well. Use our Marseille vacation planner to add Abbaye Saint-Victor and other attractions to your Marseille vacation plans.
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  • don't forget the crypt, one of the beautiful rich of France, go listen to the great organ, it is superb!
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  • This Abbey is perhaps lesser known monuments of the city, yet is well worth a visit. The exterior is impressive, the Interior sober and straightforward: upon entering, we found only the apse, but then, we don't know if through a coffee maker with dime, the entire interior was appropriately lit. The entrance costs nothing, while down in the area of the Crypts, very interesting, you pay a modest ticket of 2 euros. Before going down, we could follow a detailed explanation of the whole complex through a tube visible in a chapel to the left of the entrance to the underground area. The relics in the Abbey of St. Victor; in the wall of an underground Vault you can discover the face naively carved Bishop Lazarus.
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  • See, splendid building in the heart of Marseille. Do not miss the crypt, the visit is inexpensive.
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  • Really good original late Roman Former monastic foundation named after the local saint and martyr Victor of Marseille. Make sure you watch the excellent crypt video before you visit below. Very friendly staff.
  • Beautiful contruction. travelled here several times, twice walked and once on a tour. Fantastic views from the car park in front of the Abby. Inside this extremely old building is beautiful and a trip down in to the crypts for Euro 2 is absolutely worth it. Even if you are not a church goer, it was pretty neat to sit through part of a service.
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  • Marseilles is awesome. Love to go there someday.
  • Great gothic church with lovely windows and much atmosphere. The basement has a crypt with remains of an older church and some statuary. It has an extra fee. The church is situated for a neat walk downhill from ND dela Garde.