Notre Dame De La GardeCurrently Closed
- Address: Rue Fort du Sanctuaire, 13281 Marseille, France
- Timings: 07:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Phone: +33-491134080
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids
Notre Dame De La Garde - Review
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.
- 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 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Notre Dame De La Garde
95% of people who visit Marseille include Notre Dame De La Garde in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
68.75% of people start their Notre Dame De La Garde visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Notre Dame De La Garde
88.73% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Notre Dame De La Garde
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Notre Dame De La Garde, Marseille Reviews
If in Marseille you must visit. With truly stunning views and spectacular architecture. The interior of the Basilica is breathtaking. We took the mini train up from the port - worth doing as you pass through some of city's most historic districts - But quite an uncomfortable ride on the train partly due to the heat, partly due to the limited leg and foot space, and then again the awful mate traffic and traffic fumes. But don’t let those negatives put you off a visit to the Basilica is a must.
Brilliant view of the city of Marseilles, I especially recommend going around sunset. That way you can see the view of the city as well as go into the church and crypts. Best part is the bus takes you all the way up!!
If in Marseille you just have to do it. Stunning views, spectacular architecture and the interior is breathtaking. It must have been a very gruelling 21 year project to build. We walked up but early in the day before the heat got up and it's worth doing as you pass through some of city's most historic districts.
Nice-to-visit hot spot and trademark landmark of Marseille with a beautiful panorama over the city and its surrounding area. Especially easy to reach via the hop-on-hop-off bus, however a small hike upwards is required. Houses a small museum.
The view from here over the city is marvellous. The basilique inside is worth while the visit. Take bus 60 to come up and walk down to the old harbour.