Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, Marseille

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
4.5
7:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:15 PM
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mingfatsai
Grand Island, NE4,211 contributions
Sep 2021
The Basilique sits atop the highest point near the city and has utterly commanding views. Simply spectacular. The church has a very interesting history and has played a prominent role in city events over the past several centuries. Steeply enmeshed in Marseille’s nautical background, people would come here to seek God’s assistance in the return of loved ones lost at sea. Pictures adorn the walls and model ships hang from the ceiling as expressions of thanks for the safe return of loved ones at risk. It’s a special and touching piece of Marseille’s history and a must-visit here. Lovely in every way.
Written October 24, 2021
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia39,579 contributions
Jul 2019
Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde is a beautiful building standing tall at the highest peak of the old city. It was built in a couple of different styles, one of which is the lovely Neo-Byzantine style. The history of the church goes back to around the 12th or 13th centuries. It started off as a small church and because of its high location became a sort of symbol, particularly for sailors, who ended up making offerings of thanks after surviving shipwrecks. This also explains the presence of small boat offerings which hang around the interior of the church. The present building is actually a kind of extension of the original smaller church, and was built in the second half of the 19th century. The interior of the church is absolutely stunning and the exterior is also beautiful. The views from the top of the hill where the church is located are really wonderful and panoramic. You can see practically the whole city down below. We walked up the hill and this took us quite a while, but it was pleasant. many people, however, prefer to either drive or catch the bus or tourist "train" to the top.
Written June 27, 2020
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Tanya C
Surrey, UK520 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
We travelled up/ down via the petit train with family which was great fun. The kids loved it! Very busy during the holiday period but to be expected. Views are outstanding. Easy access via lift or stairs. All round there are walk ways & nature/ views. Inside we were lucky enough to experience a Service which was peaceful & beautiful that they are happy to share this experience with tourists flowing in & out. The restaurant prices were expensive so we didn’t stop for lunch. We did queue for around 20 minutes to get the train back so be prepared for some delays if you visit at peak times.
Written January 2, 2020
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alisdair t
Workington, UK5,972 contributions
Jun 2022
We were only here for a day, on a cruise, so we caught the little road train up to it... However, we were told we only had 25 mins there as we had to catch it back, which we did not have to, as you could have spent more time here, and catch a later one... There are quite a few steps up to the entrance, but we did find there was also a lift, later on. We only had time to look in the main part of the Basilique, which was stunning. The views from the terraces are amazing on a clear day. It is free to enter, but can get busy if lots of cruise boats in.
Written June 24, 2022
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Katrina D
Caylus, France41 contributions
Sep 2021
We recommend this visit. We took La Petit Train, but you can also arrive by car, or foot, but it's a long steep hill! The Basiique is imposing outside and in. In spite of many visitors, the silence is respected and you can feel the spirit of the place. Outside, the 360° panoramic views are spectacular. Clean toilets and a café sur place. A lift for those who cannot climb steps.
Written October 5, 2021
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Madi M
Rotorua, New Zealand42 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Coming from London, where a lot of cathedrals are priced entry, we couldn’t believe the Basilique was free. It is absolutely stunning inside and we really enjoyed just sitting for a while and taking it all in. Would say this is definitely a must see if you’re in Marseille. Tip for anyone who doesn’t like/struggles with walking - especially on a gradient - take the bus that takes you up to the car park!
Written October 27, 2021
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Fred
53 contributions
Sep 2021
A must do in Marseille!
What to say, exectp that you have to go there!
The outside provides tremendous views of the city with great light.
The inside is also amazing, dedicated to good luck for the sailors, and many other ex voto.
The hike from the old port is a bit tricky, since it goes up ++. Avoid heat, or rush to the sea after!
A little trick for the walkers, you can do a loop with the Commandant Rene Valentin "street".
Written September 27, 2021
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lrosenth
Allschwil, Switzerland64 contributions
Jul 2021
This is just the most beautiful location on Marseille. A perfect view of the whole city. In addition the church is very nice and interesting with all this paintings and models devoted by people saved from a dire situation (mostly sailors, but also pilots etc.)
Written July 20, 2021
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Patrick T
Hong Kong, China2,452 contributions
Aug 2019
The church is not large but with grand design. Visitors can take a panoramic view of the city of Marseille after visiting the church as it is located at the highest point. There are shuttle services running between the waterfront and the church.
Written June 26, 2020
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Ruth B
Brighton, UK244 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Don’t miss this breathtaking Basilica with its intricate decor and stunning views of the city. We took number 60 bus from the port ( 3.50 euros for 2 of us) to take us up the very steep hill . It’s quite windy at the top , but fabulous views over the city port and sea. The basilica is stunning , one of the prettiest I have seen. We walked back in to town . It took about 15 minutes.
Written March 7, 2020
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