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“Stunning church/ Amazing View!!”

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
Ranked #1 of 285 things to do in Marseille
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Reviewed September 18, 2017

Perched on the highest point above Marseille is the magnificent Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. The road up is so steep the Tour de France has raced here.The architecture is grand but the views over Marseille steal your attention!!

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Reviewed September 18, 2017

Worth the winding road uphill... the views of Marseille are incredible from there! We had rainy weather today and we still enjoyed the views. Can imagine that with sunny weather the views will be even better. Not to be missed!

Thank Corinne F
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Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

We took the petit train up and stayed for a while. It's windy up there so bring a scarf. The views are 360° and stunning. Inside you'll find a cross between a Moorish temple and a church, and it's overwhelming. We walked back to the old port after our visit, just following the little train route. The neighborhoods are worth walking through.

Thank Marsha F
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Reviewed September 17, 2017

We were taken to the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde as part of a coach tour of the city. To access the basilica, the coach had to negotiate a steep, narrow winding roadway. Getting to the drop-off point was part of the thrill and enjoyment of visiting this beautiful old basilica.
From the street drop-off point there is an arduous climb up a long and steep stairway to reach the basilica's entrance. It was a hot day when we were there and the walk up the steep steps was quite demanding.
Once we reached the basilica itself, the strenuous effort required to get there proved to be worthwhile. The views from the lookout over the sea and the city of Marseille were spectacular. The basilica itself is beautifully decorated both inside and out. We did have to find our way through quite a crowd to get inside but once inside we enjoyed greatly appreciated the beauty of the religious decorations to be seen inside the basilica.
After having visited the inside of this very large church, we then spent a short time in the gift shop. The gift shop has stocks which are predominantly religious in nature. Those seeking the standard souvenir lines would be better off shopping elsewhere.
The Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde should be at the top of the "must visit" list for any tourist spending time in Marseille!

Thank BigHugh51
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Reviewed September 17, 2017

Sits very high above the city and visible from most places. A long but enjoyable walk up although there are various transport options (taxi, bus, tourist train). The view from the top is incredible on a clear day, across the city, across the sea and out to the mountains beyond. The basillica itself is a lovely building with lots of boat pictures and models of ships and aeroplanes hanging from the roof inside which I assume are dedicated to those who lost their lives in accidents. Toilets and cafe available and it is possible to take a completely different path down which makes it all the more intersting. A must do on a nice day

Thank stevieblooz
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