Fort Saint-Jean, Marseille

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Head to Marseille's Old Port and discover Fort Saint-Jean, one of the city's top historic attractions. The fort dates back to the 17th century, when it was built on the site of a medieval stronghold used by the Knights of St. John. Over the centuries it has housed French Army troops, the Foreign Legion, and German occupying forces during World War II. Severely damaged in 1944, the fort is now largely restored and serves as a time capsule, with displays telling stories from its past and an abundance of nooks and crannies to explore. You'll also be rewarded with amazing views of the city and the port. Entering the fort is free. By using our Marseille vacation builder, you can arrange your visit to Fort Saint-Jean and other attractions in Marseille.
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  • They really deserve it. Wonderful view. Free access! Climb as high as possible. What you'll see is a postcard.
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  • The view of the old port, the sea and the musem is breathtaking. Great for taking pictures. There's even the bench to lie and sunbathe in the Sun of the city beautiful, marseille
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  • Super fort, where almost everything is accessible, overlooking the old port of Marseille with a nice view of our Lady of the guard. Splendid!
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  • Lovely views. Historic. Connected to MuCEM, which is really worth a trip.
  • Something worth going to see. Don't expect it take up hours of your time. Try and go a day there isn't too much wind, however
  • Gorgeous historical fort to walk around. I didn't enter the museum, but found plenty to see in the beautifully landscaped parks. There's a stunning view of the Marseille port from the top!
  • Free to visit, this place it s a wonder. If you go there you will spend an hour just to enjoy the view
  • Part of the museum. Great views

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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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