The Cathedral de la Major Marseille France is one of the most important national monuments in France. Its full name in French is the Cathedrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille. The cathedral received the designation of basilica minor from the Roman Catholic Church in 1896 and is currently the seat of the Archdiocese of Marseille. The Marseille Cathedral that we see today was constructed primarily between 1852 and 1896 on a site that had been used for various cathedrals in the city of Marseille as long ago as the fifth century.
When we got off the bus from the port to the city, the cathedral was the first thing we saw of Marseilles. Funny, but I had been reading up on things to do in Marseilles before the cruise and while the cathedral had been mentioned, it was the other cathedral that was given more mention. Of the course the other cathedral is Notre Dame of Marseilles and its hilltop location did not hurt either.
First sighting, the back part.
This is the view from the church. Vieux Port is a short walk to the left.
Looking back at spectacular architecture that took my breath away as we walked away towards the Vieux Port (Old Port). This cathedral had left me tongue tied. Everything about its design spoke to me, touched me. The patterns on the tiled flooring, the ornate ceilings, the stained glass windows, the feel of old and historic. It's almost too much to absorb at one time. In the end, we opted to see only one church and this was it; we skipped Notre Dame for future visit (wishful thinking).
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