Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #5 in Marseille, France


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 29 sights
Distance 11.6 km
Ascend 292 m
Descend 312 m

Experience Marseille in France in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in MarseilleIndividual Sights in Marseille

Sight 1: Musée des Beaux-Arts

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Musée des Beaux-ArtsVicuna R from Germany / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille is one of the main museums in the city of Marseille, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. It occupies a wing of the Palais Longchamp, and displays a collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Wikipedia: Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille (EN), Website, Flickr

116 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 2: Palais Longchamp

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Palais LongchampAjay Suresh from New York, NY, USA / CC BY 2.0

The Palais Longchamp is a monument in the 4th arrondissement of Marseille, France. It houses both the Musée des beaux-arts and the Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Marseille. The surrounding Longchamp Park is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.

Wikipedia: Palais Longchamp (EN), Website

140 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 3: Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle

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The Muséum d’histoire naturel de Marseille, also known in English as the Natural History Museum of Marseille, is one of the most visited natural history museums in France. It was founded in 1819 by Jean-Baptiste, marquis de Montgrand and Christophe de Villeneuve-Bargemon, prefect of the Bouches-du-Rhône department. It is located in the Palais Longchamp, 4th arrondissement of Marseille, built according to the plans of Henri-Jacques Espérandieu.

Wikipedia: Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Marseille (EN), Website

178 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 4: Musée Grobet-Labadié

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The Musée Grobet-Labadié is a museum in Marseilles, housed in a 19th-century hôtel particulier owned by the family whose collection it displays.

Wikipedia: Musée Grobet-Labadié (EN), Website

1111 meters / 13 minutes

Sight 5: Maison Gaston Castel

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Maison Gaston Castel

The Gaston Castel House is a personal house built by the architect Gaston Castel in 1924. Located in the Cinq-Avenues district, in the 4th arrondissement of Marseille, France, it was sold at auction in 1989.

Wikipedia: Maison Gaston Castel (FR)

1072 meters / 13 minutes

Sight 6: Théâtre du Gymnase

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Théâtre du Gymnase Original téléversé par Christophe.moustier sur Wikipédia français. / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Théâtre du Gymnase is a theatre located on the Canebière in Marseille, in the Thiers district.

Wikipedia: Théâtre du Gymnase (Marseille) (FR)

197 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: Théâtre des Bernardines

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The Chapelle des Bernardines is located at 17 Boulevard Garibaldi in the 1st arrondissement of Marseille, France.

Wikipedia: Chapelle des Bernardines (FR)

213 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 8: Colonne du Dévouement ou colonne de la Peste

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Colonne du Dévouement ou colonne de la Peste

The Great Plague of Marseille, also known as the Plague of Provence, was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Western Europe. Arriving in Marseille, France, in 1720, the disease killed over 100,000 people: 50,000 in the city during the next two years and another 50,000 to the north in surrounding provinces and towns.

Wikipedia: Great Plague of Marseille (EN)

403 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 9: Théatre Mazenod

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The Théâtre Mazenod is one of the oldest theatres in Marseille and is located at 88 rue d'Aubagne in the 1st arrondissement of Marseille, near the Notre Dame du Mont metro station. It was created in 1934 and has seen the greatest actors and singers of the twentieth century perform on its stage.

Wikipedia: Théâtre Mazenod (FR)

559 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 10: Hôtel du Commandant du 15e corps

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The Hôtel du Commandant du 15e corps is a former mansion located at 11 rue Armény, in the Préfecture district, in the 6th arrondissement of Marseille, France. The State owns the building.

Wikipedia: Hôtel du Commandant du 15e corps (FR)

246 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 11: Ancien hôtel Roux de Corse

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The Hotel Roux de Corse is a building located at 13 rue Montgrand in the 6th arrondissement of Marseille, France. This building, built around 1745, is the former private mansion of the Marseille shipowner Roux de Corse. Sold to the city of Marseille in 1805, it first served as the residence of the prefect of the Bouches-du-Rhône, then in 1891 housed a high school for young girls. The building is now part of the Lycée Montgrand.

Wikipedia: Hôtel Roux de Corse (FR)

224 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 12: Musée Cantini

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Musée Cantini

The Musée Cantini is a museum in Marseille that has been open to the public since 1936. The museum specializes in modern art, especially paintings from the first half of the twentieth century.

Wikipedia: Musée Cantini (EN), Website

87 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 13: Hôtel Pascal

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The Hotel Pascal is a former hotel located at 52 rue Paradis, in the 1st arrondissement of Marseille, France.

Wikipedia: Hôtel Pascal (FR)

178 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 14: Église Saint-Charles

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The church of Saint-Charles is located in the 1st arrondissement of Marseille at no. 17 rue Breteuil and no. 66 rue Grignan. It is dedicated to Saint-Charles-Borromée.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Charles de Marseille (FR)

262 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 15: Opéra de Marseille

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The Opéra de Marseille, known today as the Opéra Municipal, is an opera company located in Marseille, France. In 1685, the city was the second in France after Bordeaux to have an opera house which was erected on a tennis court.

Wikipedia: Opéra de Marseille (EN), Website

749 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 16: Vieux-Port

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Vieux-Port Ingo Mehling / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Old Port of Marseille is at the end of the Canebière, the major street of Marseille. It has been the natural harbour of the city since antiquity and is now the main popular place in Marseille. It became mainly pedestrian in 2013.

Wikipedia: Old Port of Marseille (EN)

1599 meters / 19 minutes

Sight 17: Fort Saint-Nicolas

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Fort Saint-Nicolas is a fort overlooking the Old Port of Marseille. It was built from 1660 to 1664 by the Chevalier de Clerville on the orders of Louis XIV in order to put down the spirit of independence of the city of Marseille.

Wikipedia: Fort Saint-Nicolas (Marseille) (FR)

677 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 18: La Criée

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La Criée may refer to:La Criée, a theater located in Marseille (France); La Criée, a contemporary art centre in Rennes, France The Port-Navalo Fish Auction, museum and exhibition hall located in Arzon (France).

Wikipedia: La Criée (FR), Website

700 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 19: Hôtel de ville

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The Hôtel de Ville de Marseille, located on the Quai du Port in the 2nd arrondissement of Marseille, is a 17th-century building that houses the office of the mayor of Marseille.

Wikipedia: Hôtel de ville de Marseille (FR), Website

85 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 20: Maison Diamantée

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The Maison Diamantée is a building in Marseille located just behind the town hall, in the district of the Hôtel de Ville.

Wikipedia: Maison Diamantée (FR)

188 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 21: Musée des Docks romains

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192 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 22: Hôtel de Cabre

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The house of the Alderman of Cabre, also called the Hôtel de Cabre, is the oldest house in Marseille. It is located at the corner of rue de la Bonneterie and Grand-Rue, in the 2nd arrondissement. It should not be confused with the Hôtel de Cabre in Aix-en-Provence.

Wikipedia: Hôtel de Cabre (FR)

200 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 23: Jardin des Vestiges

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Jardin des Vestiges José Luiz / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Jardin des Vestiges is a garden containing the archaeological remains of the ancient port of Marseille, France.

Wikipedia: Jardin des Vestiges (EN)

516 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 24: Marseille History Museum

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Marseille History MuseumJean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France / CC BY 2.0

The Marseille History Museum is the local historical and archaeological museum of Marseille in France. When opened in 1983, it became one of the most significant museums for urban history in France, dedicated to exhibiting the major archaeological finds discovered after the site was excavated in 1967; at the same time the property was redeveloped commercially and the Centre Bourse shopping arcade constructed. The museum building is entered from within the centre, and opens out onto the "Jardin des Vestiges", an outdoor garden containing the stabilised archaeological remains; it includes classical ramparts, port buildings, and a necropolis.

Wikipedia: Marseille History Museum (EN), Website

149 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 25: Palais de la Bourse

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The Palais de la Bourse is a building on the Canebière in Marseille, France. It houses the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie Marseille-Provence, as well as the Musée de la Marine et de l'Économie de Marseille.

Wikipedia: Palais de la Bourse (Marseille) (EN)

489 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 26: Maison du Figaro

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The Maison du Figaro is a historic building in the 1st arrondissement of Marseille in France. It was designed by architect Pierre Pavillon, and it was completed in 1675. It has been listed as an official historical monument since 1992.

Wikipedia: Maison du Figaro (EN)

271 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 27: Hôtel Louvre et Paix (ancien) ou Hôtel dit de La Marine

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The Hôtel Louvre et Paix is a historic building in Marseille, France. Dedicated in 1863 as a luxury hotel, it was used by the Kriegsmarine during World War II. It now houses city administration offices and a C&A store.

Wikipedia: Hôtel Louvre et Paix (EN)

88 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 28: Escalier Saint-Charles

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The monumental staircase of the Marseille-Saint-Charles station, which gives direct access to the Boulevard d'Athènes, was inaugurated by the President of the Republic Gaston Doumergue on 24 April 1927.

Wikipedia: Escalier monumental de la gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles (FR)


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