Saint-Victor Abbey (Marseille)


Copyright: Maxim Massalitin/cc by-sa 2.0/Wikimedia
DESTINATIONS france provence Do & See Saint-Victor Abbey (Marseille)

Saint-Victor Abbey (Marseille)

A few steps from the Vieux-Port lies Saint-Victor Abbey, Marseille's oldest church. Built by the graves of Marseille's first martyrs, the abbey has served various purposes throughout history, including as a church, prison, warehouse, and barracks. And despite a history that is lined with war and destruction, this remains one of the most beautiful churches in the city and therefore, should not be missed. Entry is free, but a small fee is collected for seeing the crypt containing important historical artefacts and sarcophagi.

Do & See

From exploring its stunning lavender fields to skiing in the French Alps to wandering through its picturesque hilltop towns to rubbing elbows with the rich and famous in the French Riviera, there's definitely something for everyone in Provence. The Mediterranean climate is ideal for growing grapes, and wine enthusiasts will be delighted by the region's vineyards, which produce some of the finest wines in France. Visitors can also explore the region's ancient olive groves, learn about the history and production of olive oil, and even participate in tastings to discover the diverse flavours of this culinary treasure. The Côte d'Azur's beautiful coastline is another major draw, with glamorous cities such as Nice and Saint-Tropez offering sun, sea, and sand in abundance. Culture vultures will love exploring the region's historic landmarks and fascinating museums, such as Cézanne's Studio and the Vincent van Gogh Foundation.