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The Neo-Byzantine basilica was built in the second half. XIX century. It is located on the hill of La Garde, making it visible from anywhere in Marseille. In the interior you can admire, among others colorful marble decorations, stained glass or low reliefs from the 13th century. It is also worth paying attention to the crypt and the tower and the eleven-meter sculpture of the Virgin Mary with the Child on its top.
The temple was designed by Jacques-Henri Esperandieu on behalf of the Bishop of Marseille Eugène de Mazenod. The project envisaged the use of inaccessible materials in the region - marble and porphyry. Due to the need to import raw materials and delayed deliveries, the construction of the basilica took over 10 years.
In the basilica there are numerous thankful votive offerings both transferred from the former chapel and currently folded, among others traditional boards, ship models, war medals, as well as shirts and scarves for the Olympique Marseille football club.