Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, Marseille
One of the most famous buildings in the city is the Church of NOTRE DAME DE LA GARDE. It is on a high hill overlooking the southern side of the Vieux-Port in Marseilles. It's belfry is topped by a huge, gilded statue of the Virgin Mary. Built during 1853 to 1864, the church can be seen far out at sea and serves as a landmark for sailors. It is also considered a shrine by the seamen of Marseilles.
Directions: Just look up and there it is.
Favorite thing: The highest point of the city at 154 m. The first chapel was built there in 1214. In 1524 Francois I had a fort built there. The present basilica, which is in the Romanesque-Byzantine style after the drawings of the architect Esperandieu forms part of the major projects undertaken during the Second Empire and was consedrated in 1864. The esplande offers the most impressive view of Marseille.