Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille

Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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. Planning Marseille trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • A must do in Marseille! What to say, exectp that you have to go there! The outside provides tremendous views of the city with great light. The inside is also amazing, dedicated to good luck for the...  more »
  • The temple on the hills of Marseille and the church is golden and decorated with stripes everywhere. The hill have a wide view overlooking the city of Marseille and the sea 🌊  more »
  • It's the place that locals go to to watch the sunset; I never made it for the sunset, but did get to see as much of the complex that was open. As mentioned before, it's a steep trek up the mountain...  more »
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  • Definitely worth a nice walk up from the centre of town to the top of the hill - takes you through some good streets to look at. it is very impressive on the inside and some incredible views from the outside. I will warn you though it's very popular.
  • Beautiful sights of the city. Lovely building. We climbed the steps, there is also the option to park next to the church (top of the hill) or you can also take an elevator if you are not driving. We went in March and there was plenty parking space.
  • This place has the best view I have ever had! I went on a summer evening and I could not believe my eyes how beautiful this place can be. It makes you realize that out there in the world are places worth to see and travelling it's the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
  • This is a uniquely beautiful old church. France is full of beautiful old churches at the top of hills. This one is unique in a couple of ways . First is that it overlooks Marseille providing stunning panoramic views that are only available from the church grounds. Second and perhaps more interesting is the interior - there are dozens and dozens of nautical themed mobiles hanging from the ceiling. We also had the good fortune of visiting while the organ was being played by someone who really knew how to play.
  • Place with soul, and great view on the surrounding city. During hot summer can be problem with walk on hill, from city centre. Is required physical fitness, and bottle of water. In winter, the wind from the sea takes the breath away. Even It's hard to hold camera in both hands. Inside view offers memories from this place. Church is located higher and chaper lower. Inside on lower floor are located shops with souvenirs, and toilets. During winter, entrance is free of charge, during summer I can only guess, that everyone need to paid. There is also museum, but when i was there it was closed. In church are perfect paintings on walls and top, also from top are dropped small lines, to which are connected sailboats and bigger ship models, it's memory from the past, that was here a signal point for ships entering the Old Port.

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