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3 Churches in Marseille

I am sharing pictures from 3 Churches in Marseille, as these are the ones I visited and also the most important ones.

Notre-Dame de la Garde

Notre-Dame de la Garde is visible from central Marseille. It is a climb to get there, but the views are worth it. There is a Petit Train which stops there for about 20 minutes. If I would have known how much we have to climb, we would have taken a taxi on the way up and go down on foot.

It is the most visited church in Marseille and a popular Assumption Day pilgrimage takes place there. The views of Marseille from the church and its beauty makes it a must-see attraction.
It dates back to the mid-1800s, just like the Cathedral (last church in this post). We went there on a Sunday, so we didn’t get a chance to see the interior, but only the crypt.


It was a religious procession and another group was praying in a chapel. I was quite surprised to see so many people in church in France. But, with a lot of tourists, it is possible that it is a place of pilgrimage on other days and not for the Assumption Day occasion.

Notre-Dame de la Garde interior

There is a cafe in the church. The picture on the bottom right is taken from the cafe. They have food, drinks, and also a small shop with things for people to buy, which were made there, from soaps to jams and drinks. As a fun fact, the statue of the Virgin on top is hollow.

Abbey of St Victor

Abbey of St Victor was the most impressive one because it looks so unlike a church. There are archaeological finds dating back to the second century BCE. The abbey was established in the 5th century CE and has an extensive crypt. It’s only a couple of euros to visit the crypt and well worth doing that.

It was targeted during the French Revolution, but part of it survived. In the 18th century was used as a warehouse, prison, and barracks. The abbey itself did not survive, but the church did.

Abbey of St Victor interior

Abbey of St Victor interior

These are pictures from the crypt. The scale of it is very impressive. I was expecting a small crypt when we were told that we can visit it.


Marseille Cathedral

Marseille Cathedral is near the docks, where the old port is and close to many museums. This means it is within easy reach and it is free to visit. On top of that, it is open until late, so, after visiting a museum, stopping for 10 minutes to have a look around if you don’t have more time is a very good idea.

This is a new building. New, as in built in the late 1800s. There was another church before it, from the 1100s. The foundation stone was laid by Emperor Napoleon III [nephew of that Napoleon] in 1852. The first service was held in 1893.


This throne was used by Napoleon III.

Marseille Cathedral interior

Marseille Cathedral interior

Marseille Cathedral

2 Comment

  1. All three are lovely and the views from that first one are stunning! At a glance, though, I really like the fortress look of the middle one best. I love the stained glass window and the crypt sounds like an interesting place to visit.

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