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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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  • Marseille the Abbey of Saint Victor is one of those unavoidable not to be missed if one is passing in the city. Both religious, cultural, symbolic, monument St Victor is unique in its kind. Entered in the register of historic monuments in 1840, is a treasure of the early Christian era and Romanesque architecture. Of the V century the site is occupied by a chapel, then transformed into the Romanesque period in the 11th century crypt. The building is fortified and contains Christian sarcophagi in the crypt that can be visited. Nothing indifferent whether the architecture that the legends, symbols and beliefs related.
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  • Beautiful place of meditation. Simple, poignant. A must see in Marseille: the exact opposite of the Major or the good mother...
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  • It is a monastery located near the old port. Building is very large, Curt appearance, was like a fortress. Felt is in the inside no less stark, but it is rather a sacred place. Here's the basement cellar Festival. Is the admission fee is paid, but happens to be staff person in charge. Is only available in France, which is quite detailed and hard to me. Sculptures and a lot of the old sarcophagus, decorated them with nice and worth seeing is.
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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.