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Marseille Travel Guide

Marseille Monuments

  • Saint Victor Abbey

    With a fortress-like appearance this abbey attracts visitors from all over the world. It is named after the soldier Victor of Marseilles, a martyr and a saint. It was first built in the 5th century only to be destroyed by Saracens sometime between the 8th and 9th century, and it was rebuilt in the middle of the 11th century, and in order to avoid a new destruction (it was located outside the city walls) the fortification of the abbey was necessary.

  • Saint Nicolas Fort

    Built by Louis XIV to protect the harbor of Marseille this fortification was, ironically, used by the same Louis XIV as the point from which cannons where set and pointed towards the town of Marseille when he started thinking the people of this town where part of the Revolution.

    The building work finished in 1664 by Nicolas de Clerville, who was in charge of Fortifications. The building was attacked by French revolutionaries in May, 1790, but 10 days after the destruction of this fortress was ordered to stop because of the military value of this fortress.

  • Marseille Cathedral

    A Basilica Minor since 1896 it is also known as Cathedral Major, or Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure, built in between 1852 and 1896. It is a Catholic cathedral and the seat of the Archdiocese of Marseille.

    Displaying an impressive central dome (maybe the most attractive aspect of this cathedral) and both Romanesque and Byzantine beauty in its architectonical design this cathedral was build upon another cathedral: The Old Cathedral.

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