Fodor's Expert Review Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde

Marseille Church

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.


Quick Facts

Rue Fort du Sanctuaire, off Bd. André Aune
Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  13281, France


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