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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

Notre dame de la Garde, “La Bonne Mère”, emblematic landmark of the city, watches over sailors, fishermen and all the inhabitants. During your stay in Marseille, you can admire from above the hill the panorama that awaits you.
Several chapels preceded its construction but in the middle of the 19th century Archbishop de Mazenod decides to build a large basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde. The construction was entrusted to the architect Espérandieu and consecration took place on the 5th of June 1864. The hill takes then its full symbolism: sacred place, urban place within the construction of the basilica in 1853. Now, the silhouette of the edifice has become inseparable of the image of Marseille.
The monumental statue of the Virgin on the top of the bell tower remains the basilica’s strong symbol. It was entrusted to the sculptor Lequesne and implemented  in september 1870.


To get to the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Bus 60: Notre-Dame de la Garde Bus-stop

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Cathédrale de la Major

Cathédrale de la Majeur or Basilique de Sainte Marie Majeure stands on an esplanade a little away from the city-center, between the Vieux-Port and the new commercial port close to the Joliette district, Fort Saint-Jean and the future Musée National des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MUCEM).

Its architecture is imposing, its interior decoration of marble and porphyry makes of it a particularity in religious building and its impressive dimensions rank it amongst the largest cathedrals in the world.
The current Église de la Major is the former cathedral of Marseille. it is the oldest church in Marseille. It was classified historical monument on the 9th of august 1906.

To get to Cathédrale de Major
Metro 2: Joliette station
Bus 49: Cathédrale de la Major Bus-stop

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Église des Réformés

The neo-Gothic church dates from the late 19th century and was designed by Father Pougnier, builder of many religious edifices, as far as Algeria, Tunisia and Palestine.
The baptistery is located on the left of the entrance: Magnificent stained-glass windows recount the life of John the Baptist. On the square, the statue of Jeanne d’Arc is the work of Louis Botinelly.

It is located on the Couvent des Augustins Réformés, hence its name. Of gothic style, it holds many curiosities including bronze doors, stained-glass of Dridon, and an organ of Merklin.
Every year, on the last sunday of november , the church celebrates a mass in provençal language for the inauguration of the “Santons” fair.

To get to Église des Réformés
Metro 1: Réformés-Cannebière station
Tram T2: Réformés-Cannebière station
Bus 81: Libération-Réformés bus-stop

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Palais Longchamp

The monument was inaugurated in 1869 commemorating the arrival of the waters of Canal de la Durance to Marseille. The highly rich decoration of the edifice, mainly of sculptures, evokes the abundance and fertility brought about by the waters of the canal.

On the same site are brought together Le Musée des Beaux-Arts (currently closed for renovations), the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle and a botanical and zoological park.

If the construction of Palais Longchamp was a feed back of the power of Marseille, le Museum d’Histoire Naturelle also witnesses the city’s political, economical and scientific life.
Indeed, merchants, shipowners and native worldwide known naturalists contributed in the development of the collection. Also contributed the zoo that did not always manage to save the “fashionable” animals in transit for a few months in Marseille before being transported to the zoological parks of Paris.

To get to Palais Longchamp
Metro 1: Cinq Avenues - Longchamp station
Tram T2: Longchamp station
Bus 81: Métro Cinq Avenues bus-stop

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