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Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde basilica, known to local residents as "the Good Mother", towers over the Marseille landscape from its rocky tor, where it offers a singular, panoramic view of the city, the Old Port and the Frioul Islands. It was built atop the ruins of a former 16th century fort, to replace a chapel built in 1214. Standing proudly on La Garde Hill, the Good Mother keeps watch over all the residents of Marseille, as well as to ensure seafarers, fishermen and sailors do not get lost at sea.
Built in the Roman-Byzantine style, designed by the architect, Henri Espérandieu, Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde basilica is now a highly popular tourist venue and its outline is closely associated with the image of the city of Marseille. Access on foot is by climbing the streets on the side of the hill, or from the North, on Rue Cherchell.
The esplanade offers one of the finest vistas of Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea. After a vigorous climb and a visit to the basilica, the Hôtel Concorde Villa Massalia, located close the Avenue du Prado, will welcome walkers in a modern and luxurious setting. Close by, the Parc Borély and the beautiful beaches of Marseille offer visitors a fantastic venue for rest and relaxation.