Cathedrale de la Major
Cathedrale de la Major
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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  • studio4photo
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab architecture and worth a visit
    We visited the cathedral whilst in port on our cruise, the shuttle bus dropped us on the road opposite. We left it til last to visit and walk around, the architecture is stunning and the inside looks amazing. It can get pretty busy but its free to enter and walk around. If this is on your itinerary for the port when on a cruise then we recommend leaving until last to see but give yourself a good hour or so
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • DystopianNomad
    Marseille, France24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing, spectacular and just too beautiful.
    The Dystopian Nomad visited this amazing cathedral. The pomp and glory that was put into building this beauty is epic to say the least. Once we went through the gates that form the perimeter, then up the stairs, we were in awe. The narthex(main entrance), has got brilliantly decorated arch, plus the detail on these arches is incredible. The We went up to the main doors made of very heavy hardwood and intricately engraved. This opened up into the main chapel area and the other chapels. The church is absolutely beautiful and has a very long, rich history. However, we also visited the smaller church on the side, to fully understand the history. I have seen many churches, but this one is by far one of the most beautiful.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Dennis T
    San Francisco, California99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Catholic Church for Provence & Marseille - Unexpected Grandeur
    Thinking about grand Catholic Churches of the coastal Mediterranean, we weren't expecting to see one in Marseille France. The entry plaza was dedicated to Pope Jean Paul II for his visit in 1998 when he revealed an Exhibit of "The Shroud" and it's significance to Mankind. Who knew. Beautiful white and green marble like the Florence's Duomo (but on a smaller scale). Go see it if you're in the Old Port area (near the Cruise ships).
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Buzios_PW
    Hayling Island, United Kingdom87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Cathedral.
    The Cathedral is a very imposing building near the Vieux Port and overlooking the sea. The architecture reminded me a little of the Domo in Florence (but not nearly as impressive). The interior is large, but not as interesting as Notre Dame de la Garde which I found to be a better visit in Marseille.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Sue W
    Ilkeston, United Kingdom1,187 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cathedral de la Major
    This cathedral is possibly dwarfed by the basilica but it is an important building and well worth a visit. Again, there are some steps to get up to it from the road but they are even so it doesn't seem like too much trouble. The stark outside blocks contrast with the delicate and detailed interior. I didn't stay long as a service was beginning and it is very much a working and active place.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 24, 2024
  • J E
    Fredericksburg, Virginia11,129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Site
    This beautiful cathedral is a must-see activity when walking the seaport area of Marseille! It’s an active church, so be respectful of that. The architecture is beautiful and grand and all the attention to detail is glorious! It’s huge inside and out, so give yourself time to walk through the entire inside area to see it all and review the story of Christ. It’s an easy walk from the sea port area to get to this cathedral.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2024
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luv2ride
Maryland614 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Very large and impressive cathedral adjacent to the Old Port of Marseille and not far from the MuCEM. There are so many impressive cathedrals in France this is a 3.5 ...not quite a 4. More than average but...

This does not appear to receive a lot of visitors - there was only 1 other couple there while we were inside. The outside was undergoing a bit of renovation.

Interesting sculptures on front entrance, will upload photos.
Written May 17, 2020
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DystopianNomad
Marseille, France24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
The Dystopian Nomad visited this amazing cathedral. The pomp and glory that was put into building this beauty is epic to say the least. Once we went through the gates that form the perimeter, then up the stairs, we were in awe. The narthex(main entrance), has got brilliantly decorated arch, plus the detail on these arches is incredible. The We went up to the main doors made of very heavy hardwood and intricately engraved. This opened up into the main chapel area and the other chapels.
The church is absolutely beautiful and has a very long, rich history. However, we also visited the smaller church on the side, to fully understand the history.
I have seen many churches, but this one is by far one of the most beautiful.
Written October 4, 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This an impressive building. Cathedrale de la Major dates to around the 12th century, however the present structure was built in the 19th century. It is built in a beautiful Byzantine architectural style. It is a very large church and can be seen from long distances. When we saw it the facade was partly covered for renovations. It is in a central location and many other sights are nearby. It is worth visiting.
Written June 29, 2020
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J E
Fredericksburg, VA11,129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This beautiful cathedral is a must-see activity when walking the seaport area of Marseille! It’s an active church, so be respectful of that. The architecture is beautiful and grand and all the attention to detail is glorious! It’s huge inside and out, so give yourself time to walk through the entire inside area to see it all and review the story of Christ.
It’s an easy walk from the sea port area to get to this cathedral.
Written April 30, 2024
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is one of the largest cathedrals I've ever been to see and it's a must visit. It looks awesome from the outside with it's beautiful entrance and multiple domes to the rear. However, once inside it seems even bigger. It's sublime sandstone and terracota brickwork is to behold, it's elegant arches and pillars along with little passageways around the back of the altar. Not to be missed!
Written November 8, 2022
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
If you take any boat trip out of the harbor or end up at Fort St Jean, it is impossible to miss this imposing building. Without the advantage of being at the top of a high hill like the Basilica, it may be missed if you are not in the right area of town but once you are close it cannot be missed. Wonderfully designed on the outside with “stripes” of alternating colors of stone it sits between the main harbor for smaller boats and the south end of the commercial port. You can get an especially great view from a boat (say a ferry to one of the islands or from a catamaran on a day trip?). Inside is the same striped theme but with different colors of stone than on the outside. The alcoves and architectural design plus the stone colors and the gold trim and frescos just make this a very unique and bright church inside when compared to so many in other areas of the continent. Beautiful and an absolute must-stop.
Written January 23, 2023
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Sue W
Ilkeston, UK1,187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This cathedral is possibly dwarfed by the basilica but it is an important building and well worth a visit. Again, there are some steps to get up to it from the road but they are even so it doesn't seem like too much trouble. The stark outside blocks contrast with the delicate and detailed interior. I didn't stay long as a service was beginning and it is very much a working and active place.
Written February 24, 2024
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rumpelcrepeskin
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Sadly the building was under renovation so it entry facade couldn't be fotoed. Sad, sad sad. But the abundance of shoppin g venues and warehousing around its bas fits in with the layout of Milan, Barcelona and Frankfurt's Cathedral environs.
Written January 11, 2020
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Buzios_PW
Hayling Island, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Cathedral is a very imposing building near the Vieux Port and overlooking the sea. The architecture reminded me a little of the Domo in Florence (but not nearly as impressive).

The interior is large, but not as interesting as Notre Dame de la Garde which I found to be a better visit in Marseille.
Written February 12, 2024
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Antony P
Stockholm, Sweden491 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
another one big church, one from the bes sights in Marseille. Even i was visit a day with rain some pictures here was must. Some repairs outside the church make it more difficult. Try to visit early the morning without many people.
Written September 22, 2020
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