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Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

Everywhere you go in Marseille, you'll see the golden statue of the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, the Romano-Byzantine basilica rising up from the city's highest hill, La Garde (530ft/162m). Built between 1853 and 1864, the domed basilica is ornamented with colored marble, murals, and intricate mosaics, which were superbly restored in 2006 after suffering damage from the atmosphere, candle smoke and war. Bullet marks and vivid shrapnel scars on the cathedral's northern façade mark the fierce fighting that took place during Marseille's Battle of Liberation in August 1944.

Its bell tower is crowned by a 30 ft (9.7m) tall gilded statue of the Virgin Mary on a 40 ft (12m) high pedestal. Locals see her as the guardian of their city and call her 'la bonne mere' or the good mother.  Each year on August 15th, there is a popular Assumption Day pilgrimage to the church. From the dome you get a 360-degree panorama of the city's sea of terracotta rooves below.

Practical Info

Bus 60 links the Vieux Port (from cours Jean Ballard) with the basilica. Otherwise, there's a little train, which departs from the Vieux Port for the 20-minute trip up the steep hill. This gives you around 20 minutes to look around before catching the next one back down. By foot, it's 0.6 miles (1km) south of the Vieux Port.

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Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 23 Reviews

Explore the oldest city in France on the Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Tour! Sightsee at your own pace aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. You can hop on and off ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.89

Marseille Shore Excursion: Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 58 Reviews

While in port in Marseille, enjoy a shore excursion to see the best sights of the city! Choose a one-day or two-day ticket and tour the oldest city in France ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.89

Marseille Electric Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

See top Marseille attractions including Palais du Pharo (Napoleon’s Palace) and Notre-Dame de la Garde from an electric bike as your local guide shares the ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 3 or 4 hours

From USD $53.14

Provence Small-Group Sightseeing Tour: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Cassis

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Visit Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille on a full-day tour that combines Provence’s artistic heritage with stunning coastal scenery. After setting off from ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $177.15

Private Tour: Marseille and Cassis Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Discover Marseille and Cassis, two highlights of the French Riviera, on this half-day tour with a private guide. Setting off from Marseille, you'll pass along ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.46

Marseille City Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

As a tourist and cultural passport, the Marseille City Pass is valid for 24 hours or 48 hours. This pass is dedicated to individual visitors who wish to ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 24 hours or 48 hours

From USD $32.70

Private Provence Tour: Marseille and Aix en Provence

From Avignon take a day trip to Marseille and Aix-en-Provence with a private guide to experience the highlights of these must-visit Provencal cities. In ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.39

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