Marseille is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Marseille one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Marseille is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Marseille or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Marseille. Explore the historical monuments of Marseille with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Marseille guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Marseille page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
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Top Historical Marseille landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Marseille.
#1 of 13 Historical Places in Marseille | Added 17902 times in trip plans
Rue Fort du Sanctuaire, 13281 Marseille, France
07:00 am - 08:00 pm
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 sac...
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58 Boulevard Charles Livon, 13007 Marseille, France
08:00 am - 09:00 pm
When Prince-President Louis-Napoleon visited Marseille in 1852, he said liked the city a lot and wouldn’t mind staying. Eager to please its illustrious guest, the city gave the prince the Pharo headland where he went ahead and built this beautiful palace. And that was that, because he never even stayed there. The Empress later gave the place ...
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Place de la Major, 13002 Marseille, France
08:30 am - 06:30 pm
It’s just a really big, really impressive looking cathedral. The building you see today was built on the remains of a smaller 12th century Romanesque cathedral of which only the choir and a bay of nave remain. Even before that there was a 5th century church on the spot. The current cathedral is Byzantine-Roman in style and it’s the sixt...
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81 Avenue du Prado, 13008 Marseille, France
09:15 am - 06:30 pm
This Roman Byzantine style Basilica was consecrated in 1947. It took 27 years to complete building it. The highlights of the charge are:
The large Corsican and Swedish granite columns.
The stained glass windows representing the Sacred Heart of Jesus, times of plague and the war windows. They give the Basilica of very warm and romantic low during t...
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56 Traverse de la Buzine, 13011 Marseille, France
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Chateau or French Castle was built here in the 18th century to replace an older country house. The architectural style used was eclectic, making use of a mix of Louis XII, Byzantine and Roman styles of architecture. Five hectares of lovely parks surround the castle with a number of absolutely beautiful flowers like daffodils, irises, cedar, mag...
Connecting the old port to the new, this street disrupted a lot of homes when it was being built, displacing nearly 16000 people. It also cost over 100 million francs (at that time) to build. The houses around the street were rebuilt in Renaissance and neoclassical styles, instantly transforming it into a really upscale place. These days it is star...
This is where everyone comes to shop in Downtown Marseille. There is no other street quite as crowded. Part of the reason is that this is a totally car free pedestrian street. Most of the stores are fashion and apparel outlets but there are a handful of banks too. The buildings all look regal. Be Warned: it’s a bit of a tourist trap. Rue Paradis is usually a better experience.
This song was written by royalist Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle after France declared war on Austria on 20 April 1792. Paradoxical, yes. The composer was almost executed for his allegiance. Three years later his song became the national anthem of France. This 17th century house is not far from the meeting place that made this song famous. It is fil...
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Place Jules Guesde, 13003 Marseille, France
This gate used to mark the entry point into the city from the road to Aix-en-Provence. Usually such arches commemorate something specific, but after failing to confirm ending the American War of Independence at the the Peace of Paris in 1783, and remaining undecided on French victories in the Spanish Expedition, it was decided to be themed on the g...
la porte de L'orient - Monument aux Armeesd'Afrique, France
This contemplative site bears a solemn looking monument. It pays tribute to the soldiers who died fighting in the Orient in the WWI. That’s why it faces east. It is the work of architect Gaston Castel, and it was inaugurated on 24 April 1971. The view is nice, looking out into the bay. There are benches at the foot of the monument. The symbol...
12 Boulevard FernandBonnefoy, 13010 Marseille, France
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This basically takes some of the most fun indoor sports-ice skating, ice hockey, skating, BMXing, skateboarding and go-karting - and puts them all under one roof. The arena is actually home to the local Marseille ice hockey team, and sometime there are matches. It is a ridiculously fun space, and not at all what you’d expect to find. Sometimes they even set up a badminton net on the ice.
Look at the facade of this house. You will see thousands of diamond-shaped protrusions carved into it. That's where the house gets its name from. It said the house was built either in the late 16th century or the early 17th century. That would make it one of the oldest buildings in the city. At different points in the house's history, everybody fro...
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Rue Henri Barbusse, 13001 Marseille, France
12:00 pm - 07:00 pm
At first glance this Garden does not look very special. But it might just be the most historical archaeological site in the whole city. Those low stone walls are the ruins of an ancient Graeco-Roman port. This was possibly the first fort ever built in the city, possibly dating back to 600 BC. It played an incredibly important role in making Marseil...