Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
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  • KnitsbyConnie
    498 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hike to the Top for a beautiful view
    Once you get to the top, which is on level 6 you are rewarded with a wonderful view. Hold on to your hat/cap, on our visit the wind was brisk, it grab the cap, and off it went to the roof of one of the attached buildings, but there was no way to retrieve the hat, all we could was look at it. The church and other little nooks with exhibits were interesting to view.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • VickyLargs
    Largs, United Kingdom761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful basilica - can’t miss it in Marseille!
    We knew we didn’t want to climb. So we took bus #60, which took us right to the lower level of the grounds of Basilica. From there it was a couple of flights of stairs to reach the top at level 6. Wonderful views will reward you at the top and the little breeze will be saving you from summer heat.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Kate P
    Epsom, United Kingdom49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views
    We were visiting the city for the day so this was on the to do list. It didn’t disappoint. We climbed the mammoth steps up and as we got to the top, the sun took the clouds away to delight us with the stunning views of the city. There is a little tourist train that you can take up if you don’t fancy the 160 steps (I think!)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
  • DystopianNomad
    Marseille, France24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Placed at ahigh vantage point and offering a 360° view of the entire city. Spectacular views.
    The Dystopian Nomad and friends stopped over by this beauty of a basilica. But, the trip upwards to the basilica, and on food is not for the faint of heart. We basically duped ourselves into thinking that we can easily do it, and by the time we realised the task, it was too late and we had to keep going. So, the basilica offers an impressive 360° view of the entire city of Marseille. Amazing and stunning views up to the peripheries of Marseille. Simply beautiful. The Basilica itself is also a work of wonder. We went up into the crypt, which has a sort of mini chapel and alter inside it. Then we went up and visited the main chapel, which is gorgeous. The terrasse which surrounds the church offers breath taking views. Do visit this church, it is a very lovely place.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Naija M
    Algiers, Algeria995 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You see it everywhere you go
    Ii suppose this is the Marseille equivalent of the Eiffel Tower in the sense that wherever you go in the city you seem to still be able to see it. I walked up the hill to reach it, it’s not that demanding. The 360 degree views of the city are amazing.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 25, 2023
  • Andrew Q
    394 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Views
    There is a little train that takes you from near the port all the way to the top, or you can drive. For whatever reason the main church was not open the day we were there but we could get into the crypt. The main attraction is the fantastic view, 360 degrees around, of the city and the sea.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 31, 2023
  • Olive Z
    Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience here
    This is a beautiful church with a beautiful ceiling. There is no admission fee. This building is majestically located on the top of a hill. We took an Uber and got dropped off at the entrance. You can also take a sightseeing bus from Minato City. The view of the city and the Mediterranean Sea from here is beautiful. Highly recommend this attraction.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 19, 2024
  • nitoar2012
    Toronto, Canada82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful view of Marseille and the harbour
    Beautiful church and fabulous view. We took the number 60 bus from the Vieux Port and it worked really well. It’s a bit of a hike on foot otherwise. We didn’t stay too long but it was enough to enjoy the view for miles in all directions and see how huge a city Marseille is. The interior of the church is fascinating either hanging wooden boats of all types within the church itself. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m so glad I finally got up there after seeing the church from afar when I visited Marseille before.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 14, 2024
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szi2013
Oslo, Norway332 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
The church closes at 18 o'clock.We knew this and went up at 19 to take some pics of the church and maybe enjoy the sunset and the views.Two security people was stopping people at the gate and said that is "ferme" but they still let in people who were smart enough to say that they are going to the restaurant They were picking the young ladies mostly and the French ones! Poorly organized, we could not understand why we cannot take pics of the basilica from outside.
The view is amazing, the sunset also.
But the church can just stay there, not worth a visit, if they don't value the people who wants to do that.
Written August 5, 2022
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BobBl1950
Nottingham, UK31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Staying in Aix en Provence I wanted to see Marseille, having not been there before.The local tourist information office were very helpful and advised the easiest way to travel was on the intercity bus, 10€ return approx 30/45 minutes depending on traffic. Very clean double decker coach took me to the bus station which was next door to train station and metro. Took metro to the Orange Velodrome a very impressive stadium. Metro easy to negotiate as there are only 2 lines.
Took metro back to Old Port and then took the Tourist “Train” to Norte Dame de la Garde, , it was busy but didn’t take long to get on, good multi lingual commentary. It’s a steep climb to the top so well worth the ride up .
Great views of the city and surrounding area from the top, not much shade but cooler in the church ( free to enter) . Church was very ornate. Ride back down to the Old Port for a drink and watch the world go by before slow walk back to the bus station.
Written July 5, 2022
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Kurt
Montevideo, Uruguay102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Ride the #60 bus up the hill to the church. The neighborhood on the way is unremarkable. When you arrive at the citadel, you are up so high that you can’t see anything but a blur of the city below and a brilliant blue sky. (It’s the same sky that you see down in the Port.) The church? It’s not worth the hike up the steep hill. I’m not sure if this place was even worth the bus fare!
Written February 12, 2020
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antoncarth
High Wycombe, UK812 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
You can either get yoursef there by bus, by the small tourist train or walking up to the hill. It's almost half an hour walk from old port.
The church decoration is very unique and special, with light and dark marble arches.
Moreover the view from the hill is outstanding.
Written March 15, 2020
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apph
Guam, Mariana Islands187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had just come from Istanbul and I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by the Basilica after having spent time in Ayasofya/Hagia Sophia. But was I wrong.

This church is especially meaningful as it honors and respects the seafaring culture of Marseille. The boats hanging from the ceiling and the numerous markers of thanksgiving and prayer remind you of the close ties between culture and faith.
Written January 17, 2020
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Patrick T
Hong Kong, China2,710 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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mingfatsai
Grand Island, NE4,423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Axyan
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We can go to Notre Dame de la Garde in walking, with the bus, with the little train... And at the top, there is an incredible 360° view on the France oldest city and on the sea. The church is very beautiful.
Written June 6, 2020
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mmeere69
Ennis,Co.Clare,Ireland65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
For anyone visiting Marseille this is a must. The views from the top are just spectacular. The basicila itself is fairly impressive if you're into that sort of architecture ( I'm not). Its a very very steep climb up, I really feel unless you are very much into hill walking , take a bus or train. We got the local bus no.60 from the port for just €2, this includes a return journey if you return within the hour. There is a gift shop, restaurant and toilets here.
Its not suitable for anyone with walking or step climbing issues
Written March 20, 2023
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lrosenth
Allschwil, Switzerland92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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