Notre Dame De La Garde, Marseille

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Notre Dame De La Garde, Marseille - Address, Phone Number

Address: Rue Fort du Sanctuaire, 13281 Marseille, France

Phone: +33-491134080

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 07:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

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Seen from above, Marseilles is a sea of terracotta roofs and that’s exactly the view you get from here, where a medieval fort once stood. It’s made up of a Romanesque style lower church and a Neo- Byzantine upper church. It’s set on the most prominent site in the city, on a hill south of Old Port. So, that is why this place so sacred to the people of Marseilles.

The gold-leaf gilded statue of Madonna with child are the guardians of the city. This builds on the fort that Francois I built here for the purpose of defending Marseille (he built Chateau d’If) for the same purpose. In 1793, the French Revolution’s anti-clerical elements shut the church down, and it was temporarily used as a prison for Royal personages. Its effects were sold off.

The construction of the Basilica we see today began in 1853. The project was belaboured by many difficulties, but everybody across faiths and classes contributed to the erection of the Church. Forty years later, it was done.

To Note:

  • The funicular
  • The bell tower and the belfry
  • The gilded statue of the Virgin Mary
  • The rose windows on the transept.
  • The dome, apse and sacistry
  • The crypt
  • The intricate mosaics on the upper church.
  • The Oriental-ish nave and it’s 3 thematic cupolas.
  • The chorus
  • The side vaults

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Notre Dame De La Garde Information

  • If dining at the cafeteria, book early for the weekends.
  • If you’re disabled or with limited mobility, then inform before hand for more convenient seating arrangements.
  • There’s a store with a large amount of religious paraphernalia.
  • Car park closes at 1900 in the winter and 2000 in the summer. If you came by car, make sure to have taken it out before closing time.
  • The Basilica is a major place of pilgrimage on Assumption Day (August 15).
  • There’s a panoramic view of the city from the top of this hill.
  • Entry is free.

Notre Dame De La Garde Opening and Closing Hours

  • Masses: 7:25am, 9:00am and 4:30pm
  • Crypt closes at 6:00pm and Basilica at 6:15pm
  • The Eau-Vive Cafeteria is open from 08:00am to 5:30pm.
  • Store is open from 09:00am to 5:30pm. Closes at 7:00pm October to March.
  • Museum is closed on Mondays.
  • Museum open 10:00am to 5:30pm.
  • Museum Closed 1:00pm to 2:00pm Tuesdays and Sundays.

How To reach Notre Dame De La Garde by Public Transport

  • Bus 60 links the Vieux Port (from cours Jean Ballard).
  • Train departs from the Vieux Port for the 20-minute trip up the steep hill.
  • 0.6 miles (1km) south of the Vieux Port.

Restaurants Near Notre Dame De La Garde

  • Eau-Vive Cafeteria

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Notre Dame De La Garde, Marseille Reviews - Write a Review

  • A must see location. Easily accessible and best of all, it is free as any church would be. You'll get the best views of the blue Mediterranean and the entire Marseille city. You'll get the best views during the morning.. Try to reach there by 9am.

  • Admittedly, I have never heard of this basilica, but it was my first visit to Marseille. I was pleasantly surprised not just with the spectacular views from the exterieur of the basilica but also for its splendor inside. The people working there are helpful and very nice--it might also help to speak French. There is a nice gift shop there and worth buying a souvenir like a little prayer card. When we visited (late April 2016) there wasn't a lot of tourists like we have encountered in Italy, so it was a nice change to have some room as we walked in and around the basilica.

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  • Very beautiful and highly ornate. Only downside is the crowds who swarm over the church, so go early if you can. Also enjoy the views over the city from outside.

  • Great view, beautiful cathedral 💗 and... when it's windy and cold - you can find a coffee machine in the staircase - needed it sooo much this monday... 🌡️☕

  • One of the most beautiful places in Marseille. From here you can admire all of Marseille because the same sanctuary is less than 200 meters high and dominates the entire city.

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