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Toulon
Toulon Cathedral

Marseille
Notre-Dame de lar Garde
Abbey of St Victor

Avignon
Avignon Bridge
Palace of the Popes
 
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Toulon
Toulon Cathedral

 
Located in the centre of the old town near the waterfront of Toulon, construction on the Cathedral, known as the Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-la-Seds, started in 1096 on the orders of Gilbert de Boson, Count of Provence to offer thanks to the Virgin for his safe return from the Crusades. Built on the site of a former church which was on the site since the 5th century, the cathedral took 700 years to build and consists of a mixture of styles including Romanesque, Gothic and Classical. READ MORE
 

 
Marseille
Notre-Dame de la Garde

The Catholic Basilica built in 1852 on the foundations of a 16th-century fort situated on a hill overlooking Marseille. With its crypt hewn out of the rock the basilica with its 11.2 meter high statue of the Madonna and Child made of copper and gilded with gold leaf on the top of its Bell Tower, is the most-visited site in Marseille.  READ MORE 
 
 
 

 
Abbey of Saint Victor
 


The Abbey of Saint Victor, Marseille was built in the 11th and 14th centuries, and stands over an earlier crypt that houses early Christian sarcophagi. Between 11th and 18th centuries the abbey played an important role in Christianity’s development in the Mediterranean. READ MORE
 

Avignon

Bridge at Avignon

 
Avignon_BridgeThe Bridge at Avignon is known throughout the world due to the classic song "Sur le Pont d'Avignon". Built between 1177 and 1185 as a wooden bridge, it was for a long time the only bridge across the Rhône south of Lyon. Demolished after the fall of Avignon in 1226 by Louis VIII of France it was rebuilt as a stone bridge in 1234 but was completely abandoned in 1680. Today only four of the original 22 arches remain.  READ MORE
 

Palace of the Popes'

Palace_of_the_PopesThe Palace of the Popes’ in Avignon became the Papal residence between 1309 to 1377 when the Papal Curia moved there from Rome. Today it consists of the two main buildings: The Old Palace, constructed in the Romanesque style by Benedict XII between 1334 and 1342 and the New Palace of Gothic design and constructed by Clement VI between 1342 and 1352. It covers an area of 15,000 square meters and is one of Frances most visited monuments.  READ MORE

 

 

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