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Abbaye St-Victor

Abbaye St-Victor Review

Founded in the fourth century by St-Cassien, who sailed into Marseille full of fresh ideas on monasticism that he acquired in Palestine and Egypt, this church grew to formidable proportions. With a Romanesque design, the structure would be as much at home in the Middle East as its founder was. The crypt, St-Cassien's original, is buried under the medieval church, and in the evocative nooks and crannies you can find the fifth-century sarcophagus that allegedly holds the martyr's remains. Upstairs, a reliquary contains what's left of St. Victor, who was ground to death between millstones, probably by Romans. There's also a passage into tiny catacombs where early Christians worshipped St-Lazarus and Mary Magdalene, said to have washed ashore at Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 3 rue de l'Abbaye, Rive Neuve, Marseille, 13007 | Map It
  • Phone: /04–96–11–22–60
  • Cost: Crypt €2
  • Hours: Daily 9–7
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  • Location: Marseille
Updated: 12-18-2013

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