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Marseille Attractions

The second largest city in France, Marseille spells ‘ancient’ all around. Imagine a city which has been tuned by the Ligurian, Phoenician, Greek and Roman cultures! Marseille, rich in its arts and history, houses many ancient museums and galleries. Of course the fish markets and downtowns cannot go missed if you are moving to France to Marseilles. As with any city in France, hotels in Marseille and the tourist places are abundant and cannot be summed up in short. Only a few could be described in words, the rest has to be explored by one’s own-self. So here is the list of the popular attractions in Marseille.
Basilique Notre Dame de La Garde: Like the Basilica of Saint Cœur at Paris’ highest point, Basilique Notre Dame de La Garde is at the Marseille’s highest point. It was built by the architect Esperandieu in the 19th century. It is famous for the Romano-Byzantine type of construction and the huge golden Virgin at the top of the Basilica’s bell tower. The bell tower is 8-feet high, on top of which the 30-feet high Virgin Mother stands gloriously. The magnificent architecture of this Basilica is fantastic. The inside of the Dome is again another breath-taking construction. You are sure to drench in awe at the very sight of the Basilica.
Château d’If: Tourists visiting Marseille cannot return back without a trip to the Chateau d’If, located on the island of If, in the Bay of Marseille. If is supposed to be the smallest island in the Frioul Archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The Chateau was built in the 16th century for the purpose of protection against sea-attacks. However, taking the advantage of its location in the middle of the sea, it was converted into a prison. The novel ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ by Alexandre Dumas brought back to the world, the lost fame of the castle. In 1890, the castle was evacuated and made as a tourist spot. It can be reached by a boat from the Quai des Belges in the Vieux Port.
Centre de la Vieille Charité: A notable structure in the old Panier region of Marseille, La Vieille Charité was built in 1749 of the Baroque style by the architect Pierre Puget. It was initially built as an almshouse for beggars. It was a workhouse for beggars, where children were given jobs as servants and cabin boys. Today it is a museum of African arts and archaeology.
La Cathedrale de la Nouvelle Major, Palais du Pharo, the Abbey of Saint-Victor, The Musée du Vieux Marseille, The Musée Cantini, The Musée de la Mode, The Palais de la Bourse and The Musée d’Histoire are other places of importance.

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