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“Beautiful facade, but not as inspiring as many other cathedrals on the inside” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
Rue Fort-du-Sanctuaire, 13281 Marseille, France
04 91 13 40 80
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Ranked #4 of 93 Attractions in Marseille
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“Beautiful facade, but not as inspiring as many other cathedrals on the inside”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

The trip up the hill is arduous and parking was difficult. Overall, a must see, but felt as if the effort was more than the result.

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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

A beautiful building at a wonderful vantage point overlooking the caost line at Marseille. If you are feeling energetic it can be walked but there are other options

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“The highest point of the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

It is on the highest point of the city, so basically you could see the golden statue of the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde from everywhere in Marseille. In order to have a close-up view of the church and see the interior, my hubby and I decided to walked straight from the old port to the church that windy morning. We walked through many small streets and bending roads of the Marseille city and kept going uphill. It’s not really tiring, but the wind was so strong that it kept blowing my long hair from one side to the other. For about an hour, we reached the church. It has a magnificent view of the whole Marseille city. Besides going inside the church, we stayed quite a while outside looking at the city from different angles despite of the windy and rainy weather. It is a nice sight-seeing spot which should not be missed when you visit Marseille. The local people told me that they see Notre-Dame de la Garde as the guardian and protector of the city. How amazing!

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“Be prepared to hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We didn't realize how high the attraction was on a hill, OR that you could actually drive or take a bus up there! A little winded when we reached the top, but the view was completely worth it. An overlook of Marseille and the clear, blue Mediterranean coast. Absolutely beautiful inside, as well.

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“A must see in Marseille: Do not miss at all!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Thank Goodness I went up the Hill to see this place! It is worth a thousand visits and more!! I got dropped off at The Panier in Marseille, where almost everyone goes to! From a distance, a magnificent looking Palace over towered the entire city, this was something I had to see. So I took the train from The Panier, costs around 8 Euros for a 1.15 hrs ride along the city of Marseille to the Noctre Dame Basilique. This toy train is a fantastic ride, with guided tours in French, English and Spanish as we cross by the city. The views are gorgeous and one can actually get to savor the city.
The Basilique de Noctre Dame is perched on top of one of Marseille's tallest Hills and sits perfectly perched to offer panoramic views of the city from all sides. The Dome is made of 30,000 gold leaves and shines away in glory from far away. As you approach the building, it strikes you at once with its grandeur and architecture.

Inside, you can go and see the Church, The Basilique and an extraordinary calmness as people from around the world pay homage by lighting candles. The domes inside the Basilique are exquisite and you can spend hours just marveling at its richness, detailing and history. The walls have history of bygone eras and one can actually spend an entire day marveling at its past. Once outside, the entire city of Marseille comes to life...with its 360 degree views, this place is worth every visit.
The place is very well maintained and it has a Cafetaria, well maintained toilets and the trains and buses ply every 20 minutes back to the city. There is no entrance fee for this place....so savor the richness of France in every way! Fantastic place for photography and history buffs!

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