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Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde Marseille

Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde
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A look at the basilica from the inside
CC BY-SA 3.0   Christian Barth A look at the basilica from the inside

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde stands on a rocky plateau in Marseille. The church is reminiscent of a Roman-Byzantine architectural style due to its gold ornaments and mosaics.

The Basilica can be subdivided into two parts. In the bottom part there is the crypt, which is carved into the rock. And the other part is the basilica itself, which was built on top of this rock and is dedicated to the “Bonne Mère”, the good mother. On the walls, one can see votive tablets and other donations from inhabitants of Marseilles regardless of their religious beliefs or affiliation. All donations tell a tale of Marseilles.

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From the esplanade in front of the basilica one enjoys a breath-taking view of Marseilles. The basilica is one of Marseilles' landmarks and is annually visited by approximately 2 million people.

On the third floor of the basilica, one can find a small restaurant, which is organised and led by female Donum Dei missionaries. It's quite an experience having one's meal here and at the same time enjoying a stunning view on Marseilles. 

Historical Information

View on the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde   Benh LIEU SONG derivative work: Rabanus Flavus View on the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde

The place the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde was built on used to be a very important strategic point during the period of the Roman Empire. “La Garde” is the exact point that was once used for constructing guard towers and fortresses on. In 1852 the Basilica was built by Henry Espérandieu and has ever since not been architecturally altered. In the course of time, it has become a well-visited pilgrimage site and was thus elevated to a basilica minor in 1879.

Interesting facts

How to get there

By bus

Take bus line 60 and get off at the first car park of the Notre-Dame basilica.

By tram/ train

Take the “petit train”, which will call at the basilica.

By bike

At the church, one can rent bikes. This means you can easily cycle here.

By car

You can drive here with your own car too. There are parking facilities provided at the basilica that are free of charge.


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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
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