Abbaye Saint Victor, Marseille

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#6 of 16 in Historic Sites in Marseille
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. Plan my Marseille trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • It is a place aboslument of Marseille. Enjoy your visit to get then to the four des navettes just next door. The Abbey has a fascinating history let you go.
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  • So fabulous, go see it when it serves as a concert hall for a fabulous voice and remember the crypt, superb!
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  • The basilica of St-Victor impresses with its simple beauty and pure. Is a truly impressive, sights are absolutely the crypts that there are underground. There is an air of history, really wonderful.
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  • It’s not the kind of church with huge paints, it’s even better. Once you enter you feel the historical atmosphere and context. It’s free, have a little store inside and a few video-tour.
  • Really good original late Roman foundations. Former monastic church named after the local saint and martyr Victor of Marseille. Make sure you watch the excellent crypt video which explains the various section of the crypt before you visit below so that you get to see all parts. The staff are very friendly and helpful.
  • Well worth a visit to this fortified abbey church. Some beautiful stained glass. Check out the crypt as well. Good views from the square in front across the old port
  • Though not as pretty as some of the other churches in town, this was my favorite. The crypt is neat and the design as both fortification and place of worship was neat to see.
  • Lots of history here, sell worth the time

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