Provence Sights

Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde

  • Rue Fort du Sanctuaire Map It
  • Garde Hill
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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.

Sight Information

Address:

Off Bd. André Aune, Rue Fort du Sanctuaire, Marseille, 13281, France

Map It

Phone:

/04–91–13–40–80

Sight Details:

  • Apr.–Sept., daily 7 am–7:15 pm; Oct.–Mar., daily 7–6:15

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