Point of Interest: Notre-Dame de la Garde

notre-dame de la garde

notre-dame de la garde

You might want to make this your first major stop in Marseille. This 19th-century basilica isn’t exactly one of Marseille’s older buildings, but it did replace a 13th-century church of the same name. Regardless, perched atop a tall limestone bedrock, Notre-Dame de la Garde sits at the highest point in Marseille at more than 160 meters, making it an iconic local landmark that can be seen from all around the city.

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The hike to the top is a breeze, and it simply must be done. Once at Notre-Dame, visitors are treated to a complete 360° panoramic view of the city (and the coast, of course), which is stunning, to say the least. But don’t take my word for it; see for yourself:

View from Notre-Dame de la Garde

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Of course, there’s more than just the view that makes the trip here worth it. The site itself has a long, rich history and plenty of impressive architecture and features. Now… Go actually see for yourself!

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Statue depicting Passion of Christ in front of Notre-Dame de la Garde

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4 thoughts on “Point of Interest: Notre-Dame de la Garde

  1. Pingback: Point of Interest: Vieux-Port de Marseille | A Man I Am in Amsterdam

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