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photoblog image The Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille

The Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille

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The basilica was consecrated on June 5, 1864 and replaced a church of the same name built in 1214 and restored in the 15th century. It was built on the foundations of a 16th-century fort built by Francis I of France to resist the 1536 siege of Marseilles by the Emperor Charles V. The basilica consists of a lower church, or crypt, in the Romanesque style carved from the rock, as well as an upper church of Neo-Byzantine style decorated with mosaics. A square bell tower of 41 m (135 ft) topped by a belfry of 12.5 m (42 ft) supports a monumental 11.2 m (27 ft) statue of the Madonna and Child, made of copper gilded with gold leaf.
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photoblog image mg_7330.jpg
People from Marseilles traditionally see Notre-Dame de la Garde as the guardian and the protector of the city. Local inhabitants commonly refer to it as la bonne mère ("the good mother").
 

The Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille

From the Archives

 

The basilica was consecrated on June 5, 1864 and replaced a church of the same name built in 1214 and restored in the 15th century. It was built on the foundations of a 16th-century fort built by Francis I of France to resist the 1536 siege of Marseilles by the Emperor Charles V. The basilica consists of a lower church, or crypt, in the Romanesque style carved from the rock, as well as an upper church of Neo-Byzantine style decorated with mosaics. A square bell tower of 41 m (135 ft) topped by a belfry of 12.5 m (42 ft) supports a monumental 11.2 m (27 ft) statue of the Madonna and Child, made of copper gilded with gold leaf.
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photoblog image mg_7330.jpg
People from Marseilles traditionally see Notre-Dame de la Garde as the guardian and the protector of the city. Local inhabitants commonly refer to it as la bonne mère ("the good mother").
 

comments (15)

very nice couple of shots, Peter. it appears to me that the basilica could be seen from anywhere in Marseilles.
....peter:): thanks Ayush... the can be seen from everywhere in Marseilles... it is the highest point of land in the city....petersmile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Dec 2017, 02:50
Thank you, Peter...very instructive!
....peter:): you are welcome Ray... thank you for dropping in....petersmile
Elle domine pour protéger les marseillais.
....peter:): Elle s'appelle La Bonne Mère Martine... la gardienne des marins en mer... bise....peter/pierresmile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 4 Dec 2017, 07:25
What a wonderful building this is Peter! And what a nice place to visit
....peter:): it is a beautiful small Basilica Chris and it is even more so inside....petersmile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 4 Dec 2017, 07:32
I’m the top picture the statue of our lady looks too large for the church Peter, but in the lower one it seems fine.
....peter:): i agree that She stands tall from the harbour... She is the Guardian of the ships at sea Chad....petersmile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Dec 2017, 07:39
The Madonna and Child look welcoming - no wonder she is loved
....peter:): She is loved Lisl... and is called La Bonne Mère the guardian of the ships at sea....petersmile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Dec 2017, 09:17
She is a big mama, watching over Marseille.
....peter:): you can see her from everywhere in Marseille Louis....petersmile
Les deux photos sont excellentes Peter et ça fait plaisir de revoir Marseille où je ne suis pas allée depuis longtemps. Bisous à  vous 3
....peter:): c'est une très belle petite Basilique à l'extérieur et à l'intérieur Marie ... je me souviens d'avoir dit que tu étais à Marseille... c'est une ville magnifique... mais trop de touristes! Bisous de nous 3
Superbe cette basilique cher Peter, ta photo est magnifique! Bise, bonne journée tout en douceur et dans la joie!
....peter:): c'est une très belle petite basilique à l'extérieur et à l'intérieur ... on verra l'intérieur demain ... Bisous, bon lundi dans la joie....peter/pierresmile
After looking at Ginnie's post today I now find all three of us are posting beautiful buildings today Peter.
....peter:): we are all saying our prayers today Brian....petersmile
The bottom looks quite like a fortress too.
....peter:): the church was built on a fortress Mary... but from up top at the church is a large terrace all around the upper cathedral....petersmile
An impressive and imposing building Peter
....peter:): i agree Bill....thanks....petersmile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Dec 2017, 18:01
The statue is stunning!
....peter:): the Madonna and Child is a magnificent statue Cherie....petersmile
belle serie! amitiés
....peter:): j'espère que ça ne gêne pas ta série sur La Provence jean pierre ... amitiés....peter/pierresmile
A global statue crowns it all...

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