Notre-Dame de la Garde, in French for Marseille’s citizens “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 was 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 1852 and lasted for 21 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. It was consecrated while still unfinished on June 5, 1864.
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.
Children, students: €4
Official Website http://www.notredamedelagarde.com/
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