This Roman-Provincial church was built in the 12th century, exactly in the same place where the first Greek temple, dedicated ... More
This Roman-Provincial church was built in the 12th century, exactly in the same place where the first Greek temple, dedicated to Apollo once stood. The fourteenth-century belfry was rebuilt in the 17th century, but in 1668, when the St-Jean fort was extended, the hillock descending towards the sea was cut off by a ditch, destroying the church façade. The main access to the church is now on the right-hand side. This lovely church and her Saint Catherine chapel withstood the destruction of this fishing district (the Saint-Jean district) during the occupation by the German troops in 1943, preserving its beautiful Roman architecture of pink limestone, found in La Couronne, a nearby village on the Riviera. Its vault is decorated with liemes and tiercerons, from a late Gothic period, only found in Marseille and the chapel holds many different works of art of which certain originate from Saint-Laurent.
Tried to visit it 2 times: on monday, a sign by the door stated "open tuesday-sunday 14:30-18). Come back tuesday at 14:30 it was closed, and so at 15:00.
Left Marseille without visiting this church. Why?
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