France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Cathédrale de la Major, Marseille
Another of Marseille's beautiful 19th-century Roman-Byzantine churches with distinctive Romano-Byzantine decor.




The Cathédrale de la Major was built in the 19th century, to replace the former cathedral, now known as the Ancienne Cathédrale de la Major.

The Ancienne Cathédrale is right next to the present Cathédrale de la Major, though the older building was partially destroyed during construction of the newer one.

Like the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Garde, the Cathédrale de la Major is in Romano-Byzantine style. Its striped marble, both inside and out, is distinctive. Inside, a wealth of Byzantine-style mosaic awaits you.

The Cathédrale is located near the Panier district, not far from the Vieux Port.

Ancienne Cathédrale

Have a look at the Ancienne Cathédrale as well, even though only part of the building remains. Dating from the 11th century, this simple structure, under restoration, is dwarfed by the huge new cathedral beside it.

Door, Cathedrale de la Major, Marseille
Distinctive door of the Cathédrale de la Major.

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Cathedrale de la Major, Marseille

Above, Cathédrale de la Major, and the Ancienne Cathédrale to its right.


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