Sacre Cœur Basilica, Marseille

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Admire the impressive interior structure and artistic details of Sacre Cœur Basilica, a 20th-century church that honors the victims of a massive 1720 plague outbreak and also commemorates World War I. Relatively unadorned on the outside, the church is best known for its interior columns, the largest of which came from Corsica. Other highlights include stained-glass windows made in Paris following the design of painter Henri Pinta, a native of Marseilles. Pinta also created the great mosaic adorning the choir vault, while artist Louis Botinelly carved some of the major sculptures inside the church. Be sure to walk around the building to view the stained-glass windows from the outside. Put Sacre Cœur Basilica into our Marseille trip itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Marseille.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This Basilica is architecturally very common. It has a characteristic that is worth a whole side of the nave (I think?) are covered with marble plaques that list OM soldiers died during the 1st World War. It can be interesting for lovers of genealogy.
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  • July 26, 2017
    Of byzantin influence, the architecture is complex and beautiful. Every detail of the basilca is a work of art  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    We didn't plan in advance to visit the Cathedral, walked out on him by accident. Gone, have donated. When external rigor and even a certain minimalism in architecture of the Cathedral has its "zest".
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  • July 23, 2017
    This is a review for the Basilica in Marseille, France. Lovely basilica. Peaceful and quiet, voluminous and awe-inspiring, this sits on an unassuming corner on Avenue du Prado on one of the main avenues in Marseille. Beautiful story-telling stained glass featuring blues on one level and reds towards the ceiling. Well worth strolling to this site to stop in.
  • July 29, 2017
    It's so beautiful. It was well worth the walk up all those steps. The view is fantastic!
  • March 4, 2017
    Absolutely stunning with great views of Paris! You will get harassed by people trying to sell you things though
  • May 27, 2017
    A wonderful Basillica and an unique view of the city!
  • January 31, 2017
    Great view! Love the performances and nice place to enjoy the day

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