Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille

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Climb up the hill for a beautiful view of the bay from Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, located at the highest natural point in Marseille. This Catholic basilica, showing Roman architectural influences, is the town's most prominent landmark. The church was built by the architect Henri-Jacques Espérandieu on a 149 m (490 ft) limestone outcrop on the south side of the old port. Seek out the great bell and silver statues of religious figures within the basilica. To visit Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde on your trip to Marseille, use our Marseille itinerary builder.
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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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  • We arrived there by "Petit Train" that takes you through the old city. It is a marvelous site with a beautiful cathedral and a fantastic view of Marseille .Throughout the train ride you get to see hig...  more »
  • Great views on Marseille end around when you can get. It is not too far, bus or car can get you even on top if you dont feel like the little walk, and it's absolutely worth it!  more »
  • It was a beautiful day, a good hard walk to the top but the views and the building itself is up there with any church or mosque I've been to. Fantastic!  more »
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  • It's hard to believe that such a beautiful establishment is built atop of a hill. It's a steep climb, so take the bus if you can, or even better drive up. You can easily spend 1-2 hours there admiring and soaking up the views.
  • Mindblowing architecture and interior. Simply superb. The place offers a great view of the ocean
  • Loved this location.visited using city pass.travelled via petite trains. For diabled vistors they do have a lift.This is not well signposted in english.
  • Sitting like beacon at the top of the hill, it pulls in tourists like a magnet. The beautiful building sits silently with its history. While the majority of the site is free, it does include a small museum of the history which requires payment. I went in the museum (because the history interested me more than any other aspect of the site) but most people could easily skip it and not feel bad. The entirety of it took me 15 minutes to see. The views are fantastic, whether you choose to look out over the sea or over the sprawling city. The Basilica itself is beautiful both inside and out. Hint: If the mood strikes you, talk a 5 minute walk down the pilgrim's path from the museum to where the tank, Jeanne D'Arc' rest in memorial to the lives given liberating the Basilica in 1944. Be ready for the hike back to the parking lot and/or buses though.
  • Beautiful basilica. Not so polite tourists. Remarkable views.