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 place has so much history, and it is great. We really enjoyed discovering and touring this. Very recommended. 
    This place has so much history, and it is great. We really enjoyed discovering and touring this. Very recommended.  more »
  • Forget the 19th Century excesses of the Cathedral and the Basilique - visit the Abbaye St Victor (especially the crypts - 2 euros well spent) and you're back to the 5th Century. A place in which to... 
    Forget the 19th Century excesses of the Cathedral and the Basilique - visit the Abbaye St Victor (especially the crypts - 2 euros well spent) and you're back to the 5th Century. A place in which to...  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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