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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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  • Essential view of the city as well as l.interieur of the magnificent Basilica. A visit to Marseilles do: that this summary all others (to do in 1st)!
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  • Spectacular site although on the day we visited it was wet and cloudy so the views were restricted. The interior of the Basilica is impressive. We didn't find the crypt very exciting. We found the 25 ...  more »
  • It was a wonderful experience to reach this place of worship incredibly well maintained and great. The inside then it is something that a person should, in Marseille and I repeat must, go see because it's wonderful. I said the reason why the exterior is impossible not to see from every corner of the city. An imposing building, lit at night. From the top of the site of the Basilica one can enjoy a panoramic view of Marseilles, The pitch of arrival or by car or by bus or by train, there are two lifts, one of which stops at all the lower planes, (5), to take visitors, the Boutique, the toilet, the Museum, the crypt and the terrace, while the other leads directly to the sixth level where you will find the Basilica itself. It reminded me very much as the context the sanctuary of Madonna di Montenero Livorno, else full of votive offerings and with a very particular charm. It is only right that the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde is the first attraction listed ... it is not to be missed.
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  • It is certainly worth seeing, but whatever you do, do not try to walk up, as the #60 bus at €1.90 for a ticket will save you a serious walk. The ticket is good for one hour, so if you are swift in looking around, you can use the same ticket to take you back to the old port. Use the lift (I have never been in a church with a lift), to take you up to the main church and the viewpoints, and then walk back down through the crypt to the bottom.
  • Despite the hike up the hill, this church has two levels of awesomeness: 1) the outstanding basilica that it is 2) the best views of Marseille that you will find in the city The souvenir shop was well stocked with items for granny. The walk to/fro will take you down to the marina.
  • Very nice church on the most beautiful place in Marseille! Gorgeous view on the city and surrounding! A MUST!
  • Very impressive cathedral. One of the main things to visit in Marseille
  • There is very nice view to whole city from this place. The top of the Marseille