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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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  • Ascension can walk from the port. We appreciate even more the panorama once at the top. Must-see during your stay. The restaurant is depressing.
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  • From outside one can create some expectations about the building ... but inside is quite disappointing. 
  • Cannot move to Marseille without going to see the good mother. Try to avoid Sunday because many offices make it rather difficult visit. The Basilica is just gorgeous and beautiful. A store allows you to buy derivatives. Possibility to go in small train from the old port. If parking nearby.
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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