Get Swept Away By Marseilles, France
Marseilles is the second largest city in France, yet, is just just as exciting as Paris. Marseilles has a rich history rooted in prehistoric times, and its varied cultural descent is seen in its beautiful architectural structures. Marseilles has a lot more to offer than its complex history. This French city is like a tiny global village. In Marseilles you will find a wide range of activities to suite any traveler. Have you been to France before? Do you recommend making a stop in Marseilles, France? Let us know in the comments below!
Notre Dame de la Garde
A basilica of history, Nortre Dame de la Garde is rumored to have been an outpost since prehistoric times. The Nortre Dame de la Garde is a majestic structure overlooking the city of Marseilles. Used during periods of war for garrison and defending the city, Notre Dame de la Garde is still a pious place to the common man. It was said that in earlier centuries, fishermen would come here to have their boats blessed. Continuing the tradition, many fishermen’s boats are still seen around the hill.
Literally meaning ‘the basket’, Le Panier is another great spot in Marseilles we recommend checking out. Le Panier has a Greek feel with it’s cobbled streets and sloping alleys. The houses and shops on this long stretch were rebuilt after a bombing during World War II destroyed the whole area. Here you can find great food and shopping.
In the 1840s, notable author Alexander Dumas wrote a sensational novel, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’. Thus, the Château d’If was immortalised. Those who are familiar with the story already know that the Château is a fortress turned prison, built in the 16th century. Transformed into a prison specifically for the purpose of incarceration of political prisoners, it is said to have been the place of perishing for many Protestants and the Communards of 1871.
Vieux Port also known as Old Port, is said to have been the birthplace of the city of Marseilles. Once a majestic sea trade centre, its commercial operations have now shifted to the Joliette area. However, its former glory remains eternal with fishing boats and pleasure yachts still docking here. Vieux Port is always buzzing with activity as the main hub of activity has been set up nearby. Guarded by the forts of St-Nicholas to the south and St-Jean across the waters, this port is as visually imposing as it is culturally sound.
Palais de Longchamp
Palais de Longchamp is an aqueduct was built to bring water from the River Durance to Marseille. It was called Canal de Marseille and the Palais de Longchamp was built to commemorate the event. Also known as the ‘water castle’, this palatial structure took over thirty years to complete. As imposing at it may seem during the day, the true beauty of the palace comes alive in the night lighting. The highlight of this palace is its park which is decorated by a beautiful fountain, adorned by the personification, in sculpture, of River Durance, Goddess of grapes and vines and Goddess of wheat and fertility.’
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