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  • Address: Montée de la Bonne Mère, Marseille, France
  • Hours: Open daily.
  • Admission: Free

Marseille ATTRACTIONS See all

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 Shore Excursion: Full Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike, Marseille, null
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Marseille Shore Excursion: Full Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike

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Specially designed for cruise passengers, in this full day tour, you will see the best of Marseille coast: the Mucem museum area, the old port, the Pharo ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.64
Marseille Shore Excursion: Half Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike, Marseille, Ports of Call ... 
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Marseille Shore Excursion: Half Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike

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Specially designed for cruise passengers, this tour will show you the best of Marseille with free pick up and drop off from Marseille cruise terminal. You ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.33
Small-Group Day Tour from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille, Marseille, Ports of ... 
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Small-Group Day Tour from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille

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Explore the highlights of southern Provence during this full day tour to Aix-en-Provence, a medieval town famous for its provençal market; to Cassis, a ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.14
Marseille Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Small Group Tour of Marseille, Marseille, Day Trips
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Marseille Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Small Group Tour of Marseille

In this half-day small group tour, explore the city of Marseille: its old port and the historical center. Observe the Palais Longchamp (Water Castle), which ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.68
Marseille Shore Excursion: City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Marseille, Marseille, Ports of Call ... 
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Marseille Shore Excursion: City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Marseille

In this half-day private tour, discover the city of Marseille: its old port and the historical center. Observe the Palais Longchamp (Water Castle), which was ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $412.87
Toulon Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Le Castellet, Cassis and Marseille, Toulon, Ports of ... 
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Toulon Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Le Castellet, Cassis and Marseille

In this full day private tour, see the highlights of Provence including the visit of Le Castellet where you will get back in the history. Afterward go to ...  Read more

Location: Toulon, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $788.46
Private Tour of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille from Arles, Arles, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Tour of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille from Arles

Enjoy a full day private tour of Marseille and Aix-en-Provence from Arles.

Location: Arles, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $661.24
Small-Group Marseille Panoramic Tour from Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, Custom Private Tours
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Small-Group Marseille Panoramic Tour from Aix-en-Provence

Enjoy a half-day tour to discover Marseille from Aix-en-Provence.

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.51
Private Tour: Marseille City Sightseeing and Chateau d'If, Marseille, Half-day Tours
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Private Tour: Marseille City Sightseeing and Chateau d'If

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Explore ancient stone fortresses and unearth centuries of Mediterranean heritage on this 5-hour private Marseille city tour including a visit to Château ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.31
Toulon Shore Excursion : Full Day Private Tour of Provence Villages Cassis, Marseille and Le ... 
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Toulon Shore Excursion : Full Day Private Tour of Provence Villages Cassis, Marseille and Le Castellet

Experience the best spots of Toulon and Provence area during this full-day private shore excursion tour. Drive to the typical and charming village of Cassis ...  Read more

Location: Toulon, France
Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $838.64

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