Notre-Dame de la Garde

Local nameBasilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Location6th arrondissement of Marseille, France

Notre-Dame de la Garde, known to local citizens as la Bonne Mère, is a Catholic basilica in Marseille, France, and the city's best-known symbol. The site of a popular Assumption Day pilgrimage, it is the most visited site in Marseille. It was built on the foundations of an ancient fort at the highest natural point in Marseille, a 149 m limestone outcropping on the south side of the Old Port of Marseille.

Construction of the basilica began in 1853 and lasted for over forty years. It was originally an enlargement of a medieval chapel but was transformed into a new structure at the request of Father Bernard, the chaplain. The plans were made and developed by the architect Henri-Jacques Espérandieu.

Tags Place of WorshipCatholicChristianChurchWheelchair Accessible
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Opening hours

Summer (Apr - Sep):
7 a.m. - 7:15 p.m. (closes at 8 p.m.)

Winter (Oct - Mar):
7 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. (closes at 7 p.m.)

Tue - Sun: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (last admission)
Tue & Sun: closed between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.


Free admission.

Adults: €6
Children, students: €4

More information and contact


Official Website


Phone +33 491 13 40 80

Address Rue Fort du Sanctuaire, 13281 Marseille, France

Coordinates 43°17'2.197" N 5°22'16.472" E

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