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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  • August 18, 2017
    Tip: Take a bus to join the good mother or have a good pair of legs! Otherwise the view is absolutely amazing! The building is amazing as many inside and outside!
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  • August 17, 2017
    The climb is a bit steep, but worth it. The view of Marseille to 360 ° C there is fantastic. The Basilica is beautiful both externally and internally. A staple of the city. There is a restaurant, bar, gift shop, beverage dispenser, Museum, toilets.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We spent a nice time with children despite the tourists this place is magnificent and unavoidable to be Marseille or tourist. A beautiful view of our city.
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  • July 6, 2017
    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.
  • July 15, 2017
    One of the most beautiful feats of architecture I had the privilege to visit. Quite easily accessible (take bus 60) and so stunningly beautiful! Don't miss it if you're in Marseille.
  • August 29, 2017
    Must - see place in Marseille - very interesting basilica with many ex-votos + magnificent views over the whole city, Vieux Port and adjacent islands !
  • August 14, 2017
    Nice view of Marseille, not too far to walk from down town. Not as impressive as some of the other cathedrals in France but definitely worth the trip.
  • September 4, 2017
    absolutely beautiful! stunning view and nice atmo on sunday morning!

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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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