Topped by a monumental gilded bronze statue of the Virgin and Child-- added in 1870-- Marseille's distinctive basilica ... More
Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica
Topped by a monumental gilded bronze statue of the Virgin and Child-- added in 1870-- Marseille's distinctive basilica dominates the city from its highest point of 154 meters (505 feet). It was formerly used as a look-out post and important city fortification (François I had a fort built here in 1524). The hill on which it stands (Colline de la Garde) became a popular place of worship and pilgrimage with the building of this Romano-Byzantine-style basilica. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the church was built on the site of the first chapel erected here in 1214. Today's basilica, designed by Esperandieu, formed part of major building work undertaken during the Second Empire and was consecrated in 1864.
Loved the old feel to the church. While I was in the Navy Marseille was a frequent stop and that has always been one of my favorite places to view the city from. Even the walk up to the Basilique is quite pleasant.
Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is amazing! If you go to marseille you defently have to go here. Great view from top of all marseille. Make sure when you arrive at the train station you go out the main exit so that you can see Notre-Dame in the distance!
Excellent view of the city. Historical and Religious. Very nice feeling.
Lot of exercise while climbing the stairs from the street if you go by bus!
Limited parking space. Good facilities (gift shop, rest rooms).
An absolute must at Marseille.