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marseilleMarseille known in antiquity as Masalia, Massalia or Massilia is Greek word. It is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population of 850,636 recorded in January 2011 It is the 3rd-largest metropolitan area in France after Paris and Lyon, with a population of 1,720,941 at the January 2011 census. Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, as well as the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department. Its inhabitants are called Marseillais in French.Marseille was historically the most important trade center in the region and functioned as the main trade port of the French Empire. Marseille is France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and largest commercial port.


marseilleMain sights

Marseille is listed as a major centre of art and history. The city has many museums and galleries and there are many ancient buildings and churches.

  • The Old Port or Vieux-Port, the main harbour and marina of the city

  • The Phare de Sainte Marie, a lighthouse on the inlet to the Old Port.

  • La Vieille Charité in the Panier.

  • The Pierre Puget park.

  • The Abbey of Saint-Victor, one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Europe.

  • The Cathedral of Sainte-Marie-Majeure.


  • The Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille, a fine artsmuseum.museum

  • The Natural History Museum, located in the Palais Longchamp.

  • The Grobet-Labadié museum, opposite the Palais Longchamp.

  • The Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, a museum of contemporary art.

  • The Musée de la Faïence de Marseille, a ceramics museum.

  • The Marseille History Museum devoted to the history of town.

  • The Musée de la Mode, a museum of modern fashion.

    Other places to visitsight

  • The 19th-century Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde in the hills to the south of the Old Port.

  • The Stade Vélodrome, the home stadium of the city's main football team.

  • The parc Chanot, an exhibition centre.

  • The Pharo Gardens, a park with views of the Mediterranean and the Old Port.


The city is served by an international airport, Marseille Provence Airport, located in Marignane. The airport is the fifth busiest French airport.Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles is Marseille's main railway station operates to Aix-en-Provence, Briançon, Toulon, Avignon, Nice, Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, etc. There is a new long distance bus station joined  to the Gare Saint-Charles with destinations like Bouches-du-Rhône towns, including buses to Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, La Ciotat and Aubagne.

Marseille is connected by the Marseille Métro train system consisting of two lines Line 1 which is blue and Line 2 i.e red.

Regions in France

Alsace Aquitaine Auvergne Basse-Normandie
Bourgogne Bretagne Centre Champagne-Ardenne
Corsica Franche-Comte French Polynesia Guadeloupe
Haute-Normandie Ile-de-France La Reunion Languedoc-Roussillon
Limousin Lorraine Midi-Pyrenees Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Other Pays de la Loire Picardie Poitou-Charentes
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Rhone-Alpes    


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