Abbaye Saint Victor, Marseille

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This ancient abbey is an excellent piece of Roman architecture. You will easily identify Abbaye Saint Victor as a monastic foundation depicting the Roman style and culture. Abbaye Saint Victor Abbey has been named after the saint, a famous martyr and a local brave soldier – Victor of Marseilles. There are conflicting views on the actual era of origin of this abbey. Some believe that the origin of this site goes back to 415 AD, when the first monasteries were founded in Marseilles by John Cassian. Other archaeologists argue that the archaelogical eveidences at this site are only as old as the 5th century. This site has had a troubled history. Once considered as a treasure grove of relics, gold, and silver, the site was robbed of its valuables in 1794. The relics were destroyed or burnt, and the gold and silver were melted to form coins. Now, the once magnificent abbey is left only with a church deicated to St. Victor. The abbey houses some crypts as well. Before you visit Marseille, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • This Abbaye is an ancient part of Marseille (and France, for that matter) and parts of it date back to the 5th Century AD. This building is Romanesque architecture in its truest form! The taller... 
    This Abbaye is an ancient part of Marseille (and France, for that matter) and parts of it date back to the 5th Century AD. This building is Romanesque architecture in its truest form! The taller...  more »
  • This is a place with a lot of history that goes back to the Roman times and even before that. The building has suffered quite a lot of destruction and rebuilding along with burning and looting and so....  more
    This is a place with a lot of history that goes back to the Roman times and even before that. The building has suffered quite a lot of destruction and rebuilding along with burning and looting and so....  more »
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  • Went here at night. Amazing place to just walk around and see the city. A good amount of young kids at night but they are just relaxing.
  • Wonderful piece of Marseille's history. With a wonderful panoramic view of the city.

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