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Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is the highest point in the city and provides amazing views. The Basilique is an amazing piece of architecture and beautifully decorated inside. We took the tourist train to the top and then walked down to the port.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Michael M
Reviewed yesterday

Cathedrals are designed to inspire and this succeeds. The grand size, amount of gold leaf, and placement on the highest point overlooking Marseilles are each breathtaking. Ship models hanging in the church, and the ship mosaic behind the alter are all testaments to the maritime...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We used the small train to get around Marseille. The Basilica was definately the highlight of the day but the old port area was beautiful as well. Between the fresh seafood and street performers it was quite a day.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank mikedO6518QX
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The big attraction in Marseille. Worth the uphill journey to see the entire city and port from above. The cathedral inside is beautiful, has small model ships suspended from the ceiling and paintings hanging on the walls in thanks for good turn of events. There...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

a historical church set atop the highest point in Marseille. The best part is the panoramic view of the city.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank sirtru
Reviewed 4 days ago

Unbeatable views from the highest point in the city. The inside of the church is fascinating and beautiful. This should be on any Marseille tourist's must-do list. You can walk up the hill if you're looking for a hot, sweaty workout! I'd suggest a taxi...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank kschendel
Reviewed 5 days ago

Free entry to main chapel and free decent toilets. Admission payable for some areas. Great views. Easily reached by the 'Little Train' 8 Euros from town centre, however due to the steepness of the hillside the Little Train is unreliable if there is rainfall. You...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank SurreySKIers
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great exercise to walk up the hill and up to the church to be rewarded with magnificent views of Marseille. I highly recommend it!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank saschabhh
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a bus up and then climbed the final 75 or so stairs. The view of the city and the sea are dramatic from the top of the hill. Inside is a truly beautiful cathedral, but what sets it apart from most is that...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank 275philipn
Reviewed 1 week ago

The basilica seems smaller inside than the imposing exterior would suggest when you see it from a distance. If you are looking for some exercise, walk up via Montée de l’Oratoire or Montée de la Bonne Mere. You will be rewarded with some amazing views...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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SharonMichael2014
August 26, 2019|
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Response from Catherine N | Reviewed this property |
As far as I remember there are definitely toilets there
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Cruiser68031318346
August 25, 2019|
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Response from PortisheadTraveller | Reviewed this property |
No. There are a number of trips up to the church. The little train was excellent and a lot easier than walking!... You get on it at the old port.
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Alla S
July 5, 2019|
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Response from Diane H | Reviewed this property |
The basilica is about a 15-minute drive from the port by taxi, and very close to the MuCem, the modern museum focused on Mediterranean culture. Entrance is free, so a visit to both makes for a pleasant afternoon.
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