This basilica is situated at the highest natural point in Marseille, south of the Old Port. It is refered to as la bonne mère (the good mother) by locals as it overlooks the city. Foundation began in 1853 on a hill that was already important as a look-out point and a place of worship. The annual Assumption Day (August 15) pilgrimage occurs here.
We took the tourist train, Le Petit Train, there. It was a free ride with the CityPass.
Bell-tower and Virgin with Child
Virgin Mary and Child: The statue sits on top of the basilica. M’sa loved how the Child’s arms are stretched out as if to bless the city below. Its wrist measurement is 1.10 meters!
A statue on the grounds of the Basilica
Passion of Christ in front of the Basilica
View of Marseille from the Basilica
View of Chateau d’If and the Frioul Islands behind it from the Basilica
Interior views of the Basilica (sidewall & ceiling)
Outside wall of the Basilica: It bears marks of the battle for the liberation of Marseille, August 15-25, 1944.
The Petit Train making its way back to the Vieux Port (old Port)
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