Abbaye Saint Victor
Abbaye Saint Victor
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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mingfatsai
Grand Island, NE4,611 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This Abbaye is an ancient part of Marseille (and France, for that matter) and parts of it date back to the 5th Century AD. This building is Romanesque architecture in its truest form! The taller towers were later rebuilt in the 12th and 13th centuries. A visit inside reveals some impressive ancient sarcophagi. A stop here is a historic part of your Marseille walking tour. Take a step back in time...
Written October 26, 2021
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,068 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a lovely old abbey which in parts in currently under restoration. From the outside it looks like a small castle that has eroded over the years, and that gives it it's charm. Inside it's pretty much the same brickwork without it being anything spectacular. You can also visit the crypt for 2 Euros which I didn't do.
Written November 13, 2022
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a place with a lot of history that goes back to the Roman times and even before that. The building has suffered quite a lot of destruction and rebuilding along with burning and looting and so on. A church is on site but we did not manage to visit it.
Written July 1, 2020
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malholme
Lewes, UK547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
Founded in the 5th.century by a monk,St.Cassien it was enlarged from the 11th.to 14th centuries. It is Marseilles finest piece of religious achitecture. The crypt is incredible and well worth a visit-there is a small charge. It contains sarcophagi, catacombs and the cave of St Victor - one of the most interesting crypts of any abbey. Allow at least 90 mins for the tour.
Written December 2, 2013
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Yair Bar Zohar
Qiryat Ata, Israel2,075 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Another important religious structure in Marseille is the monastery of St. Victor, an 11th-century building, named after Saint Victor, a Roman soldier who became a Christian martyr. Initially, in the 4th century, there were two monasteries set up in the name of St. Victor, one for women and one for men. In the 9th century, however, both were destroyed in one of the city's conquests. Only over two decades later, one of the monasteries was rebuilt, and next is the monastery you can visit today. During the French Revolution, the monastery's treasures were robbed, using the monastery's structure as a warehouse and prison. In 1934 the monastery became an important church in the city.

When visiting the site, it is recommended to descend to the ancient crypt, which includes tombs of several important saints and bishops. You will also see in the crypt some pagan sarcophagi and the pre-Christian era. There is a video in English, which tells about the monastery and the history of the place.

The entrance fee to the crypt area is cheap.

Opening Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

How long should you visit? Between half an hour and an hour
Written October 21, 2019
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Nikki F
Oxford32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
According to the hours indicated outside, the abbey would be closing in five minutes, so we nearly didn't go in. However, others were going in, so we decided to anyway. We spent about half an hour wandering round, and there was no attempt to chivvy us or any of the other visitors out. There were information panels in several places around the interior, and a diagram near the door explaining which parts were built when.There was also some music playing in the background that felt very appropriate for the environment. There were two young people there offering free guided tours, though I didn't see anyone take them up on it while we were there; I don't know if they are there every day.
Written August 9, 2019
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navis44
Scottsdale, AZ57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
If you have an interest in medieval sites and/or late antiquity, the Abbey is well worth a visit. The crypt is fantastic and there is an English video you can watch (ask the attendant to screen for you) that provides lots of information on the abbey. I walked there from the Old Port area in about 20 minutes. Shame on Marseille, though, for surrounding the abbey with a parking lot. They should revert to the park and fountain that was there previously.
Written December 8, 2015
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MarekFilipiak
Berlin, Germany33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
I hadn't included this on my schedule during my day in Marseille but it was in the way down from Notre Dame. What makes this church worth a visit is the crypt as the main church is interesting but nothing special. The crypt is a real warren of chambers and contains an excellent selection of early Christian tombs and sarcophagi which it is good to see in situ rather than in a museum as us normally the case. There are good bi-lingual explanations of the iconography of each sarcophagus.
Written July 13, 2014
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meic_watkins
Manchester, UK320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
This place is the heir church to a monastery which has been on the site for about 1600 years - it breathes history.
Fortified on a hill visible from the Vieux port it almost looks like a castle, but the (well restored) church is beautiful inside.
But the gem of this place is the cavernous crypt, full of carved memorial stones, quite a few dating back to Roman times - I have never felt so connected with my ancestors in the faith- I really felt in touch with these fellow Christians despite the gap of almost 2000 years. Don't miss this place.
Written June 3, 2014
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misseghers
Ghent, Belgium183 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
As it is one of the oldest builing it is worth a visit while in the neighbourhood. The "famous" crypt is not worth the money. They show a free movie about the crypt in the church (wrong place: this should be in the crypt itself) , but since the building history of the area is extremely complicated it will be very difficult to understand. This is not helped by the average artworks displayed in the crypt who make it even harder to follow.
Written August 3, 2013
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