Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseilles


The basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, also called “La Bonne Mère” or the good mother, protects the city of Marseilles from the top the Garde hill at a height of 154m.

From this unique point of view, one can admire the old quarter of the “Panier”, the old port and the islands of If or Fioul and of course the neighboring hills and beaches.

Many religious buildings have been built on the splendid location. But the present basilica has only been built in 1853; the church has been consecrated on June the 5th 1854.

The architectural style is a mix between a Romanian style and a byzantine one, with cupolas and mosaics. This construction is typical from the architecture of the emperor Napoleon III times.

Today, this is one of the most visited place of Marseilles and a major place for pilgrimage.




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