"NOTRE-DAME-DE-LA-GARDE BASILICA....." Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde Tip by eden_teuling
Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, Marseille: 58 reviews and 142 photos
(use the ticket from your CITY PASS to get on top of the hill!! there is a special bus and a mini train)
In 1214, the abbot of St. Victor allowed a hermit, Master Peter, to construct a chapel on this hill.
He quite naturally called it the Chapel de la Garde, the name of a hill on which there was a watch tower.
Over the years this chapel became an important destination for gilgrims!
In 1477 a new chapel was built on the site of the old one.
François I had a fort built on the Garde mountain and had the chapel, which was consecrated in 1544, altered and enlarged.
The coat of arms of François I, 3 fleurs-de-lys and the salamander, can still be seen on the door of the fort, the drawbridge of which has been preserved.
( Before knowing this piece of history I was very surprised to have to enter a basilica over a drawbridge!!!)
In 1853 a new church was built, but only after much discussion. Indeed, the Ministry of War had to be persuaded to abandon the fort and accept that a Basilica be constructed in its place.
to be continued in next TIP....
Address: Hill de la Garde,
Directions: Busline 60 from Quaie des Belges goes there.....
Phone: 33(0)4 91 12 89 00
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