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Marseille by the Sea

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Historically operated as the main trade port of French, the seaside city is now a multicultural Mediterranean destination bursting with vitality where your visit will definitely be a wonderful surprise. 

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The Old Port of Marseille or Vieux-Port is a natural harbor and remains the center of activities. On top of the hill is Notre-Dame de la Garde, a major local landmark built by the architect Henri-Jacques Espérandieu and seen by the citizens as the guardian and the protector of the city.   

 


A charming old-style brasserie where locals and tourists alike grab breakfast, simple lunches, drinks and aperitifs while watching the world go by.


Built in the seventeenth century, the Marseille City Hall was the only building on the harbor to survive the destruction of World War 2.


Apart from its distinguished Neo-classical façade, the works of arts inside Saint Ferréol les Augustins is worth a look; from the Joan of Arc statue by Louis Botinelly to the Altar des Augustins by Dominique Fossaty. 


Porte d’Aix or Porte Royale is a triumphal arch that marks the old entry point to the city on the road from Aix-en-Provence, initially built to honor Louis XIV and commemorate the Peace of Paris (1783).


The La Canebiere intersection is lined with fascinating stores and cafés, where you can see a city tram passing by and the Prefecture des Bouches du Rhone building in the distance.


A lady posed with the M of Marseille, a widely popular photo spot among tourists. 

 

photos by
Kiky Y. Basuki