One very awkward englishman, boldly goes…

Notre Dame de la Garde

I am very lucky that the location of my flat in a mere 10 minutes walk from Notre Dame de la Garde, one of the most iconic symbols of Marseille. I took an evening stroll up there last night to witness sunset. The view is absolutely stunning, with panoramic views across the whole of Marseille.Below is a brief history on Notre Dame de la Garde, as well as a few photos I took.

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Notre Dame de la Garde is situated at the highest point in the Marseille region, atop a 532 feet limestone hill to the south-west of the Vieux Port. The site is a Roman Catholic Basilica which was built on the remains of a 16th Century old Fort, built by Francis Ist of France to resist the 1536 attack on the city by the Emperor Charles V. The modern Basilica seen today was built-in 1864, and replaced a similar structure which dates back to 1214. ย The top of the Basilica features a statue of the Madonna and Child plated with gold leaf.

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Notre Dame de la Garde bears the scars of the battle of the liberation of Marseille from the Second World war. Bullet holes and marks can be seen littering the limestone walls around the structure.

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The interior of the Basilica is absolutely stunning, with incredible painted ceilings and murals on the walls depicting the history of the basilica and the port of Marseille.

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