Inside he Notre Dame. The striped marble effect is reminiscent of many of the Cathedrals in Malta – it should be as it was some of the Knights of St John who moved from Marseille to Malta.


High up overlooking the busy city of Marseille is the Notre Dame de la Garde – the symbol of Marseille. Originally built in 1214, this version was consecrated in 1864.

It’s one heck of a walk up from the Old Port, but there are many  bus services and a largish parking lot for cars. We chose the latter, the Fort, MuCEM and surrounds had tired the pins out somewhat.

Sculpture of Christ in the Notre Dame de la Garde, Marseille


A view from the hilltop of dense Marseille. The ‘official’ population of Marseille is only 859,000 – but closer research reveals that it’s the inner Marseille they talk about. Move out a little and it’s well over 1 million.



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