Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille

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 overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • Super! Accessible bus line 60 from the port! Great views of Marseille! Great views when the weather! Back to base port.
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  • We take the tourist train that took us to the basilica, touring various barrios.es a recommended walk! You can take all the time you want to return to the transit.
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  • In Nice to visit off-season. Nice view of Marseille. Attention summer the place must be difficult to appreciate
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  • Admittedly, I have never heard of this basilica, but it was my first visit to Marseille. I was pleasantly surprised not just with the spectacular views from the exterieur of the basilica but also for its splendor inside. The people working there are helpful and very nice--it might also help to speak French. There is a nice gift shop there and worth buying a souvenir like a little prayer card. When we visited (late April 2016) there wasn't a lot of tourists like we have encountered in Italy, so it was a nice change to have some room as we walked in and around the basilica.
  • this church is so beautiful. Even if you are not Christian faith, you can still feel peaceful and safe here. It is full of history about Marseille
  • +JMJ...Visited here while on a Mediterranean Cruise during my enlistment in the USNavy. My visit was one of awe and curiosity. As one just returning to the practice of my Catholic Faith, I wasn't aware of much more than the Basilica was situated high upon a mountain and I was curious to see what was there. Very beautiful view overlooking Marseille. And, I didn't know it at the time, but I was looking into what is called the Adoration Chapel, which is were the faithful enter for personal prayer in the Presence of Jesus, the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Regrettably, my shipmates and I didn't enter into the Basilica, just walked around the outside admiring the architecture and the views. Would love to return to see the interior of the Basilica and to spend time just being there. However, I shall treasure the memory of just visiting from a secular sightseeing perspective.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Marseille

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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