Eglise Saint-Laurent (Saint-Laurent Church), Marseille

Eglise Saint-Laurent (Saint-Laurent Church), Marseille

Located at 16 Esplanade de la Tourette, St. Laurent is a church in the Provence Romanesque style of architecture. It was established as a fisherman' parish and erected over the remnants of a temple of Apollo.

There was no sign of Apollo, but a capital was unearthed that certainly must be Apollo's. At least it looks like it very well might be. In any event, this mysterious capital is now on display at the Marseille History Museum.

The St. Laurent Church has fared much better than Apollo. The church along with the Saint Catherine Chapel survived the devastation of the so-called Battle of Marseille during the German occupation. The current state of the building is ok, but its main draw is history. A long history in a city full of incredible histories.

It sits across from Fort St. Jean, accessible by footbridge. The St. Laurent Church appears rather plain looking. Perhaps its facade and interior do not compete well with the other churches in town. But if you go inside, the weight of all those years of struggle and hope will touch you.

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Eglise Saint-Laurent (Saint-Laurent Church) on Map

Sight Name: Eglise Saint-Laurent (Saint-Laurent Church)
Sight Location: Marseille, France (See walking tours in Marseille)
Sight Type: Religious
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