Historical Walking Tour in Marseille, Marseille

As Marseilles is the oldest city in France, it has a lot to offer visitors interested in history. It has many ancient buildings and churches of historical interest. All of these ancient buildings are very popular among tourists and have a rich history. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most interesting constructions.
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Historical Walking Tour in Marseille Map

Guide Name: Historical Walking Tour in Marseille
Guide Location: France » Marseille (See other walking tours in Marseille)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Author: kane
Palais du Pharo

1) Palais du Pharo (must see)

One of the most impressive buildings in Marseille, Palais du Pharo was built in the 19th century as Napoleon III's waterfront residence. It stands on a hill overlooking the Château d’If and the entrance to Vieux-Port. Today this high class architecture, one of the most beautiful in Europe, serves as a conference center that receives up to 60,000 people every...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Fort St. Nicholas

2) Fort St. Nicholas

This star-shaped fort was built in 1680. At that time Marseille's independence was finally lost and Louis XIV needed to keep an eye on the rebellious citizens. Today this grand building is home to the Foreign...   view more
Basilique St. Victor

3) Basilique St. Victor (must see)

The Abbey of St. Victor, or Basilique St. Victor, is a late Roman former monastic foundation named after the local soldier saint and martyr, Victor of Marseilles.

In about 415, John Cassian founded two monasteries of St. Victor at Marseille, one for men (the later Abbey of St. Victor), the other for women. In the fifth century the monastery of St. Victor and the church of Marseille were greatly troubled by the Semipelagian heresy, and the layman Hilary and Saint Prosper of Aquitaine begged...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Opéra Municipal

4) Opéra Municipal

L’Opéra de Marseille, or Opéra Municipal, dates from its opening on 4 December 1924. It features a classic urn-shaped auditorium, three rings of boxes, two balconies and a gallery. A large sculpted frieze by sculptor Antoine Bourdelle frames the stage. In 1685, the city was the second in France after Bordeaux to have an opera house which was erected on a tennis court.

However, the first real theater, the Grand-Théâtre was constructed in 1787. During its period of great opulence...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hôtel de Cabre

5) Hôtel de Cabre

Hôtel de Cabre is considered the oldest house in Marseille. It was built in 1535. It was partially destroyed in 1943 due to fire, but was later extensively...   view more
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Maison Diamantée

6) Maison Diamantée

The ‘Diamond House’ was built in 1570. It is named so because of the diamond-shaped reliefs that decorate its outer facade. The museum represents a testament to life in Marseille during the 18th and 19th centuries, and presents a comprehensive exhibit dedicated to the Plague of...   view more
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Fort Saint-Jean

7) Fort Saint-Jean

Fort Saint-Jean is a fortification in Marseille, built in 1660 by Louis XIV at the entrance to the Old Port. Fort Saint-Nicolas was constructed at the same time on the opposite side of the harbor. Two earlier buildings were incorporated into the structure of the fort: the twelfth century Commandry of the Knights Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem, which served as a monastic hospice during the crusades; and the fifteenth century tower of René I, King of Provence.

In April 1790 Fort...   view more
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La Vieille Charité

8) La Vieille Charité (must see)

La Vieille Charité is a former almshouse, now functioning as a museum and cultural center, situated in the heart of the old Panier quarter of Marseille. Constructed between 1671 and 1749 in the Baroque style to the designs of the architect Pierre Puget, it comprises four ranges of arcaded galleries in three storeys surrounding a space with a central chapel surmounted by an ovoid dome. The main body of the structure is a rectangle, 112m by 96m, composed of four walls in pink and yellow-tinted...   view more
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Palais Longchamp

9) Palais Longchamp (must see)

Palais Longchamp is a monument in the 4th arrondisement of Marseille, that houses the city's museum of fine arts and natural history museum. The surrounding park, Parc Longcham, is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.

The Palais Longchamp was created to celebrate the construction of the Canal de Marseille, which was built to bring water from the Durance River to Marseille. Although the foundation stone was laid by the Duke of Orleans on 15...   view more
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Walking Tours in Marseille, France

Create Your Own Walk in Marseille

Create Your Own Walk in Marseille

Creating your own self-guided walk in Marseille is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Marseille's Museums Walking Tour

Marseille's Museums Walking Tour

Marseille, as the oldest city of France, has a rich history. It is home of diverse museums and galleries. Many of them are beautiful and interesting buildings which have become important landmarks. This walking tour will take you to them to know better understand French history and culture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Daily Life in Marseille

Daily Life in Marseille

When you take this route, you'll have the opportunity to visit spots of locals' everyday life and get a glimpse of what it is like to live in Marseille. Come early at the harbor to see fishermen departing into the sea, do some shopping at a local market, enjoy a cup of coffee in the café around the corner. You will have a lot of fun on this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Marseille

Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Marseille

Marseille, as a main trading center, has a huge number of specialty shops. They range from olive oil, coffee and tea to old-fashioned toys, famous Marseille soap and carved wooden creche figurines (santons). Take this tour and discover yet another side of this wonderful city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Located on the Mediterranean coast of France, Marseille is the largest commercial port and the second most populous city in France. Being also the country's oldest, the city is known for its ancient heritage, distinctive culture, ethnic diversity and strong identity, all of which secures for Marseille the status of a major tourist destination. Follow this orientation walk to explore some of the top attractions of Marseille.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Leisure and Relaxation Tour in Marseille

Leisure and Relaxation Tour in Marseille

Marseille has vast green spaces, many interesting parks and gardens and some small historic parks. Most of the gardens and parks of Marseille are fairly new. These locations are a good place for visitors to relax, tucked away from the bustle of city life.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 11.0 km
Walking the Best Religious Sites of Marseille

Walking the Best Religious Sites of Marseille

Marseille is rich in sacred places, religious sights and buildings. Most of them represent Roman-Byzantine style and wouldn’t leave you indifferent. Often their interior is decorated with inlaid marble, mosaics and murals.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km