Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

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Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde information

Marseille , France
rue Fort du Sanctuaire
Getting there
Bus: 60
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Opening hours
7am-8pm Apr-Sep, to 7pm Oct-Mar
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This opulent 19th-century Romano-Byzantine basilica occupies Marseille’s highest point, La Garde (162m). Built between 1853 and 1864, it is ornamented with coloured marble, murals depicting the safe passage of sailing vessels and superb mosaics. The hilltop gives 360-degree panoramas of the city. The church’s bell tower is crowned by a 9.7m-tall gilded statue of the Virgin Mary on a 12m-high pedestal. It’s a 1km walk from the Vieux Port, or take bus 60 or the tourist train.