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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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  • Abbaye Saint-Victor is very close to the Old Port and it is very easy to have a walk from the Old Port. After the French Revolution this Abbaye was stripped from its treasures and it was used as a war...  more »
  • The church is amazing, not that many people inside. Peaceful place with a crypt. The church is free to entry, crypt upon 2€ fee.. Worth it!  more »
  • Modest but interesting church that we`ve "discovered" on our way to Fort Saint Nicholas. The main entry is a bit small & spooky, but once you got yourself in, you `re gonna enjoy the visit.  more »
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  • 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
  • The crypt is only 2 euro and very worth it. Super interesting historical site. Inscriptions in French and English.
  • Ultimate tourist location with breathtaking view and an amazing historic landmark.
  • 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.
  • This is an amazing abbey that looks like a castle.

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The Old Port is near the water, seafood restaurants, and the not-to-be-missed museums. Hotels with sea views come with a price tag to match, though. For more affordable accommodations and local character, check out hostels and rental apartments in the Panier district. The Canebière neighborhood is in the heart of the action. For a more nature-oriented locale, a hotel near Garde Hill offers the nearby botanical gardens.
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