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The Patrimoine (artistic and cultural heritage) of France: Iconic Sites in and around Marseille

Marseilles, the second largest city in France, has a unique artistic and cultural heritage. Founded in 600 BC by the Greeks from Phocaea, this gritty, working class city is the front door to Provence, and the capitol of French Hip-Hop.

The Staircase at Gare St Charles, Marseille

The staircase at the St Charles train station  is seen often in films about Marseille.  You can find an example of the in Kad Merad's film, titled Marseille.



Le Chateau d'If

The Château d'If is a fortress (later a prison) located on the island of If, a small island in the  situated less than a mile offshore in the Bay of Marseille. It is famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas'adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo.  




Notre Dame de la Garde

The Basillica of Notre Dame de la Garde, located on the highest point in Marseille offers panoramic views of Mareille, and the Mediterranean Sea.  In the warmer months of the year, a  mini "train" takes tourist from the old port to the church.   It is this church that Fanny goes to, in the films of the same name, to contemplate her options, when she discovers she is pregnant by Marius, who chose to go to sea, rather than pursue her hand in marriage.


The Clanaques

A calanque ia a narrow, steep-walled inlet that is developed in limestone, dolomite or other carbonate strata and found along the Mediterranean coast by Marseille.   In Kad Meran's film, Marseille, the character, Paolo, projects images of the Cinco Terre on the calanques of Marseille, in order to make his father, who longs for Italy, happy.  The clanques can be visited by foot or by boat.


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