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“The guardian of Marseille”

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
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Colorbus Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #1 of 261 things to do in Marseille
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

While not one of the largest or most elaborate basilicas we've seen in Europe, Notre Dame de la Garde certainly was different. The entire interior is decorated with mosaic tile work which is beautiful. What was really different about this church compared to others was the very specific travel/nautical theme. Everywhere you looked there were boat parts incorporated into the architecture. I found it fascinating. Be sure to trek up the hill by foot or take the tourist "train" from the harbor. This train is actually a motorized shuttle done up like a train. We opted to get some exercise and hike up to it.

From the grounds of the basilica you get a panoramic view of Marseille and surrounding areas. Bring your camera for some really great memory making photos.

Thank HeffRaleigh
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

What an awesome view of the entire city and port from the mtn top. The interior of Notre Dame features the silver statue of Madonna and Jesus, and has multiple plaques of ships and aircraft.

Thank bkbatson
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

The Basilique de Notre Dame de la Garde is definitely an attractive building and set in lovely surroundings overlooking the old port of Marseille.

We visited in November, so certainly not the high season, and were still greeted with swathes of people. But we of course expected this, given the popularity of the attraction.

I wasn't too taken aback by it, however I must say that after having seen many other such buildings, some smaller and more intimate, I was certainly feeling the effects of 'religious building fatigue'!

Thank etienne_bee
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Its lovely inside and especially unusual with the maritime theme, model boats and paintings, but its small and we could hardly get through the door. It was noon, probably best to go early or late. Its a long uphill walk which I wouldn't recommend as you don't pass anything particularly interesting on the way, better take the bus and save time for visiting something else, like the other cathedral which is also lovely and was deserted.

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Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

This Cathedral located atop a hill overlooking the port of Marseille and the whole city offers spectacular views and is well worth the visit. A public bus will take you to the top so avoid paying the tourist companies, simply ask which public bus will take you. No entry fee and it is as beautiful inside as outside.

Thank Alex G
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