City of art and culture, Marseille has many wonders to share with you. With its 26 centuries of existence, Marseille reveals in its landscape the remains of different past times.
With Marseille on the move by Monument Tracker (in collaboration with the Tourist Office and Convention Bureau), discover 88 emblematic monuments of this city from its Greek and Roman origins until today.
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To discover :
• The Old Port or Vieux-Port, the main harbour and marina of the city. It is guarded by two massive forts (Fort St Nicolas and Fort Saint Jean) and is one of the main places to eat in the city.
• La Vieille Charité in the Panier, an architecturally significant building designed by the Puget brothers. The central baroque chapel is situated in a courtyard lined with arcaded galleries.
• Ancient remains from the Hellenic port are displayed in the adjacent archeological gardens, the Jardin des Vestiges.
• The Palais de la Bourse, a 19th-century building housing the chamber of commerce, the first such institution in France.
• The Hôtel-Dieu, a former hospital in the Panier.
• The Abbey of Saint-Victor, one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Europe. Its 5th century crypt and catacombs occupy the site of a Hellenic burial ground, later used for Christian martyrs and venerated ever since.
• The Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), a baroque building dating from the 17th century.
• The Cathedral of Sainte-Marie-Majeure or La Major, founded in the 4th century, enlarged in the 11th century and completely rebuilt in the second half of the 19th century by the architects Léon Vaudoyer and Henri-Jacques Espérandieu.
• The 12th-century parish church of Saint-Laurent and adjoining 17th century chapel of Sainte-Catherine, on the quayside near the Cathedral, recently reopened after restoration.
• The 19th century Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, built by the architect Esperandieu, as an enormous Romano-Byzantine basilica in the hills to the south of the Old Port. The terrace offers spectacular panoramic views of Marseille and its surroundings.
• The Stade Vélodrome, the home stadium of the city’s main football team, Olympique de Marseille.
• The Gare Saint-Charles, the main railway station.
• The royal Porte d’Aix (1784–1837), a giant triumphal arch, at the crossroads to Aix.
• The Unité d’Habitation, an influential experimental building designed by the Swiss architect Le Corbusier in the late forties.
• The Parc Longchamp. Built on a grand scale, this italianate colonnaded building rises up behind a vast monumental fountain with cascading waterfalls. The jeux d’eau marks and masks the entry point of the Canal de Provence into Marseille.
• The Docks de Marseille, a nineteenth century warehouse transformed into offices.
• The Parc Borély, a park off the Bay of Marseille.
• The Pharo Gardens, a park with views of the Mediterranean and the Old Port.
• The Corniche, a picturesque waterfront road between the Old Port and the Bay of Marseille.
• The beaches at the Prado.
• The callanques, a wild mountainous coastal area of outstanding natural beauty.
• The islands of the Frioul archipelago in the Bay of Marseille, accessible by ferry from the Old Port. The prison of Château d’If was one of the settings for The Count of Monte Cristo, the novel by Alexandre Dumas.