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How to visit the prison cell of The Count of Monte Cristo in MarseilleHow to taste the pastis in MarseilleHow to walk through the Old Port in MarseilleHow to climb the roof of the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde in MarseilleHow to try bouillabaisse in MarseilleHow to buy fresh oysters in the Old Port in MarseilleHow to climb to the St. Mary's Lighthouse in Marseille13 things to doin Marseille
The majestic medieval building Fort Saint-Jean is located on the demi-island in the north part of Marseille harbor.
The fort was built to guard the city, but had never used in such way.
In 17th century it was remodeled and the weapons were turned to Marseill: it was reaction of the French government on riots in the city. Nevertheless, this weapons were never used. In the World War II here was the ammunition depot of german army, it had exploded and the south walls were destroyed as the result. In 1964 Saint-Jean fort got the status of the architectural monument.
The Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean (MUCEM) is placed here nowadays, and the walls of the fort are the great observation deck overlooking the Marseille harbor.
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Fort Saint-Jean on the mapLocation: Promenade Louis Brauquier, you can get it by metro on the M1 line, Vieux-Port Hôtel de Ville station.
More places to visit in Marseille
The Old Port
The first french port, the Old Port, called Vieux-Port, was built in 600 B.C. And plenty of yachts and fishmen boats are moored here nowadays.6
An impregnable citadel, a fort on the If island, which was built to protect Marseille from any conquerors attacking from the sea.5
In the museum gathered the most incredible inhabitants of the seas and oceans from tiny plankton to gigantic stuffed animals and skeletons of a whales or octopus.0
Four des Navettes bakery
The oldest bakery in Marseilles that is famous for traditional Provence busсits called navett which are baking in the shape of boats.2
Notre-Dame de la Garde
The Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde is located on the highest part of Marseille and became the most-visited sight in the city.3