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Marseilles Cathedral


An imposing monument with exceptional views of the harbour and docks.

Located in the district of Joliette, the Marseille Cathedral (Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille or Cathédrale de la Major) stands in all its magnificence on an esplanade overlooking the sea. Its dimensions are spectacular: 142 metres long, with towers on the portico 60 metres high, a 20-metre nave and a central dome which rises 70 metres and has a 17.5-metre diameter. Designed by architect Léon Vaudoyer, the ‘Major' was built between 1852 and 1893 in a Latin cross configuration, in Romanesque-Byzantine style. The mosaics and domes are Romanesque and Gothic. Its architecture and interior design in marble and porphyry give it an appearance unique among religious buildings.

A historic monument since 1906, it can accommodate 3,000 people. It is a Marseilles must-see for its breath-taking view of the sea and the latest developments in the Joliette area, with its new docks, halls and the MuCEM.

La Cathédrale de la Major
Place de la Major
13002 Marseille

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