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Provence Sights

Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 12/18/2013

Fodor's Review

Towering above the city and visible for miles around, this overscaled neo-Byzantine monument was erected in 1853 by Napoléon III. The interior is a Technicolor bonanza of red-and-beige stripes and glittering mosaics, and the gargantuan Madonna and Child on the steeple (almost 30 feet high) is covered in real gold leaf. While the panoply of ex-votos, mostly thanking the Virgin for deathbed interventions and shipwreck survivals, is a remarkable sight, most impressive

are the views of the seaside city at your feet.

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Sight Information

Address:

Off bd. André Aune, Marseille, 13001, France

Phone:

/04–91–13–40–80

Sight Details:

  • May–Sept., daily 7 am–8 pm; Oct.–Apr., daily 7–7

Updated 12/18/2013

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