Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica

Our selection of hotels & restaurants with a view on Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica

Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica is one of the most emblematic monument of Marseille. It offers a great view on the old harbor and the mediterranean sea.


For the past 15 years, the Virgin Mary watches over the city of Marseille, which she contemplates atop "The Guard" Hill, at 116 m above sea level. This is where Father Pierre built a premiere Marian Chapel in 1214. Transformed into a fortress in the sixteenth century, it was only in the year 1864 that the current basilica was erected, in Roman-Byzantine style. Following the construction of its tower, a decision was taken to place an 11 m tall statue of the Virgin and child there, weighing nearly 10 tonnes. Gilded with fine gold, this motherly, benevolent figure is now part of the every-day life of all of Marseille's inhabitants.