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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  • August 15, 2017
    Place both historic and full of deep Christianity. In light of the history of l ' Abbey is a perfect aesthetic and informational success.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This place has been shown to us by our guide on a Segway. I'm not a big fan of churches and cathedrals, but I must say that here, we had chills in this magical place. Everything remained natural. It is the only place where we can find a painting of the Virgin Mary pregnant, as well as a painting of Jesus while he was a boy.
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  • August 13, 2017
    One of the most interesting we did in Marseille! The building to the air of medieval fortress is rather atypical. The main nave is dark and this pretty little interest... By against the crypt (entry fee € 2) is particularly interesting, beautiful, and full of history. It houses including the famous Black Madonna. The video aired in the main nave will advantageously enlighten you on this crypt and its content.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Very historical place. Nice to know it was there for so long time.
  • May 19, 2017
    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
  • July 28, 2017
    Fantastic Roman style abbey which crypt is from the 5th century.
  • May 16, 2017
    The crypt is only 2 euro and very worth it. Super interesting historical site. Inscriptions in French and English.
  • November 6, 2016
    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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