Marseille Cathedral (Cathédrale La Major) Tours

Marseille Cathedral (Cathédrale La Major)
Marseille Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral and basilica minor located in the Old-Port of Marseilles and a national monument of France. Far from being just a run-of-the-mill church, it is the seat of the Archdiocese of Marseille and the hobbyhorse of Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, who laid the first stone of the new building in 1852. The foundations, commonly referred to as the Old Major, date back to the 12th century and correspond to a sober Romanesque style. Only the choir and one bay of the nave persist today, as a new, more opulent cathedral was built next to the remains in 1852. The new Marseilles Cathedral was built on a gigantic scale in the Byzantine-Roman style from 1852 to 1896.

Despite its isolated location on the far end of Panier district and along the busy commercial port, this cathedral should not be missed as it is still today the only one of its kind in all of France, and doesn’t fail to impress with its sheer size and extravagant architecture. Its iconic green and black stones form an instantly recognizable stripe pattern, flanked by two bell towers and a dramatic entrance.

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Marseille Cathedral (Cathédrale La Major) is located on Place de la Major, between the Old-Port of Marseilles and historic Panier district. It can be reached on foot from Quai du Port and from Quai de la Tourette, and also by car with a public parking on the corner of Quai de la Tourette and Marchetti. The closest tram stations are République Dame and Sadi Carnot and the closest metro station is Colbert; they are located 10 minutes east of the fort. The cathedral is open to visitors from 10am to 7pm in summer and from 10am to 6pm in winter. It is closed on Mondays.
Address: Place de la Major, Marseille 13002, France
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Small-Group Day Tour from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille

Spend a delightful day in southern Provence on a small-group tour exploring highlights of this romantic region. Stroll through the famous market in charming Aix-en-Provence, enjoy the UNESCO-listed inlets and beaches of Cassis and take a guided tour through more than 2,500 years of French history in seaside Marseille. Travel aboard a comfortable minivan with a small group for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Marseille City Private Tour from Marseille Cruise Port or Hotel by Business Van

Exploring the Mediterranean’s largest coastal city on your own can be daunting. Make your Marseilles vacation stress-free with a private 3-hour sightseeing tour. All-inclusive private transportation allows you to visit Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, Le Panier, Vieille Charité, and other iconic attractions quickly and comfortably. You’re also free to customize the itinerary to include the attractions that interest you and skip the ones that don’t.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Fat E-Bike Guided Tour in Marseille's Old Town

Cruise through Marseille’s Old Town on a fat e-bike. This electric bicycle with its distinctive wide tires allows you to cover distance with ease as you explore the city’s historic district. Visit major sights like the Pharo Palace, MuCEM Museum, and Cathedral, as well as lesser-known treasures in Le Panier. Enjoy breaks to take photos and chat with your local guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Provencal Market, Gourmet and Shopping Tour to Aix en Provence from Marseille

Discover the famous flavors and sights of Provence on a private, full day-tour from Marseille. Travel to charming Aix-en-Provence for a walking tour of the historic city center, plus tastings of specialty products and lunch at the town’s legendary market. Back in Marseille, take a sightseeing tour of St Victor Abbey, Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica and other highlights, and continue shopping at the city’s popular new mall and market.
  • Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes
  • Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes
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Walking tour in Marseille - The must sees !

Marseille - Highlights & Must seesYou have few hours to spent in Marseille? Let me be your private guide for a visit of the must-see treasures.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Guided tour of Marseille, the new district of La Joliette au Panier!

Marseille has undergone spectacular transformations since it was European Capital of Culture in 2013: discover its renovations by following an original route from the foot of the CMA-CGM Tower to the Old Port and the Panier district via La Joliette !
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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Marseille Guided Tour

Find your professional guide in front of the Cathedral of the Major.It is next to the stop of the cruise shuttles.Visit the most beautiful old Marseille, The Basket, with your guide.During the tour you will see the Cathedral of the Major, the Old Port of Marseille, the Palace of the Old Charity, the Town Hall, the Fort Saint Jean, the Mucem, the Jardin des Vestiges and the Canebière.Your guide will also take you to the old port and the Canebière.This tour includes entry to the Cathedral, Fort Saint Jean and the Palace of the Old Charity.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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