Marseille Things to Do

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  • 1. Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

    The Basilica Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is on the highest hill in Marseille, 162 meters above sea level, so it can be seen from most places in the city and the harbor. It is a colorful, friendly church...

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  • 2. Vieux Port

    The Old Port is where Marseille was founded over 2,600 years ago. This was the city’s commercial and military harbor for most of that time, but now it is used mainly for pleasure boats, since the...

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  • 3. Les Calanques

    Hello, I am the owner of Blue Attractions Marseille, Blue Attractions is the english version of the well known marseille's company "bleu evasion". We offer trips in the Calanques on comfortable boats,...

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  • 4. Château d'If

    This is the second smallest of the Frioul Islands, just off the coast of Marseille. These islands are practically right in front of the entrance to the Old Port. You can get there on the Frioul If...

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  • 5. Palais de Longchamp

    Wow! If you have a chance, come here and have a look at the elaborate fountains. The funny thing here, is the Palais Longchamp, IS NOT A PALACE! It is an elaborate monument showcasing the importance...

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  • 6. Cathédrale de la Major

    This unusual cathedral was built in the nineteenth century in Romano-Byzantine style. They say it is the only one of its kind in France. Construction of this cathedral took forty-one years, from 1852...

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  • 7. Cours Julien

    The streets around Cours Julien alternate between run-down and uber-trendy, and nearly everything is covered in graffitti of the artistic variety (mostly). The square of Cours Julien is filled with...

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  • 8. Corniche

    Another monument and another viewpoint, this time it commemorates the French settlers (pieds noirs) who left Algeria after independence in 1962, and arrived by ship in Marseille. This section of the...

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  • 9. Cassis

    The French fishing village of Cassis, on the Mediterranean, gets less attention among Americans than other more renowned resorts like Nice,, St. Tropez, or Cannes. This is a distinct advantage for...

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  • 10. La Bourse

    Another attractive building I found in Marseille was the Palais de la Bourse in Canebiere. A building with a rich history that dates right back to the time of the French President Napoleon Bonapart...

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  • 11. Vieille Charité

    I’m sure it hasn’t happened very often that an architect gets a commission to build a major complex of buildings in his own home neighborhood, right around the corner from where he was born. But that...

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  • 12. Porte d'Aix

    Once one of the gates to the city, the Porte d'Aix is a grand arch similar to Paris' Arc de Triomphe, marooned on a traffic island in a litter-strewn park. In 2012, I couldn't get close, as...you...

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  • 13. Musée des Beaux-Arts

    tHIS MUSEUM IS HOUSED in the left wing of the LONGCHAMP PALAIS. It is open to the public daily except on Mondays. To reach it take MéTRO: Cinq-avenues or bus 81 Before or after enjoying the...

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  • 14. Carmen by Georges Bizet

    When I was in southern France in October of 2012, it happened that the opera houses in Marseille and Toulon were both playing the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet...

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  • 15. At the front of the opera house

    The steps in front of the opera house are normally closed off by a fence decorated with bronze medallions in the Art Deco style that was popular in the first...

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  • 16. Seating and scheduling in the Marseille Opera

    Currently the opera house in Marseille seats 1,800 people. It has three rings of boxes, two balconies and a gallery. Although Marseille is now the second...

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  • 17. Opera Foyer

    The ceiling of the opera foyer was painted by an artist named Augustin Carrera (1878-1952). The center panel of the ceiling shows Orpheus charming the world...

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  • 18. The Municipal Opera House

    The first opera house on this site was the Grand Théâtre de Marseille, which was begun on July 14 (the French national holiday) in the year 1786.Over 133 years...

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  • 19. Fort Saint-Jean

    The last stop on our guided walking tour of the Panier district was Fort Saint-Jean, one of two forts built at the entrance to the harbor starting in 1660 on...

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  • 20. European Capital of Culture 2013

    When I was in Marseille in October 2012 (ten weeks before the beginning of 2013), there were numerous construction sites related in one way or another to the...

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  • 21. Nineteenth century buildings

    Here are some examples of nineteenth century apartment buildings in Marseille. The ones in the first two photos are in the Rue de la Rotonde in the first...

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  • 22. Alcazar

    The Alcazar, so called because it was decorated in Moresque fantasy style, was a popular café-theater and music hall. It opened in 1857 and had room for two...

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  • 23. Marseille Skyline Countdown, # 1

    Don’t worry, I’m not going to do a complete Skyline Countdown for Marseille as I did for Frankfurt am Main. So don’t bother looking for # 2 because you won’t...

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  • 24. Port Frioul

    After leaving the Île d'If, the Frioul If Express makes a stop at the village of Port Frioul, on Ratonneau Island, before returning to the Old Port of...

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  • 25. Guided walking tour of the Panier district

    The Marseille Office of Tourism offers a variety of guided walking tours of various parts of the city. The exact dates and times are listed on their website...

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