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Probably one of the first buildings you will notice after arriving in Marseille is the towering Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde. Sitting on a hill overlooking the city, “La Bonne Mère” is atop the church. It is believed that this figure of Mary protected sailors and the city. The interior of the church is just as beautiful as the exterior and was built in a Roman-Byzantine style. Take the time to enjoy the views of the city from the church.
If you are a book nerd, then you should think about adding Chateau D'If to your agenda. This castle was the inspiration for the castle in Alexandre Dumas’ "Count of Monte Cristo." The castle lies on an island, so the only way to get there is by ferry, but the ferry runs regularly, especially during high tourist season. It is recommended to buy your ferry tickets online before getting on the ferry to save time and money. If you still need more castle-viewing while in Marseille, take the ferry back to the city and head to Palais du Pharo. The palace and its surrounding gardens were initially built for Empress Eugiéne. After the death of Napoleon III, the Empress gave the rights of both the palace and the gardens to the city. In 1904, the palace became home to a medical school - can you imagine going to such a beautiful and historic school! Now the palace is no longer a school, but a place for conferences and other large events. Since many events are hosted here year-round, you most likely will not be able to enter the palace, but the gardens are usually open for all.
One place that you shouldn’t miss while in Marseille is its Old Port or Vieux Port. Seriously, one could just spend hours here taking pictures, daydreaming, people watching, strolling around enjoying tasty food, and enjoying the seawater breeze. In Old Marseille, you will find many nooks and crannies to explore while enjoying the mix of French, Spanish and Italian influences. There are many different places to visit to escape the heat and intense sun, such as Accoules Church, a small church originally built in the 6th century but has been renovated many times over the century.
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|Number of cities reachable directly from Marseille||119|
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