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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  • A visit to the Abbaye Saint-Victor is well worth the short but steep climb up from the Quai Rive Neuve. The visitor is met by the austere façade of a building which resembles more a fortress with mass...  more »
  • Place of recuillement with a crypt to visit an explanatory video at the entrance of the Nice pluto Abbey.
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  • The Abbaye Saint Victor lies on the site of one of the oldest Christian burial sites in Marseilles. The main church itself is an impressive building, clearly as much a fort as a place of worship, but ...  more »
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  • Very historical place. Nice to know it was there for so long time.
  • Peaceful and spiritual place lovely friendly staff and congregation we visited quite a few times while in marseille the atmosphere and sense of peace draws you back
  • Fantastic Roman style abbey which crypt is from the 5th century.
  • The crypt is only 2 euro and very worth it. Super interesting historical site. Inscriptions in French and English.
  • 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.

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