Marseille

 
 

Marseille is a city located in the south France and the capital of departement Bouches-du-Rhône and the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. In terms of economic, Marseille is the most important city of the entire French south and an important centre of industry. In 2013, it was the European Capital of Culture together with Košice.

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The city was founded about 600 BC by Greek (Ionian) colonists as Massalia. Bishop's residence was established here in the 4th century. In 1252, Marseille was united with Provence. The castle Château d’If, built at the beginning of the 16th century, had served as a prison for centuries.

There is a remarkable tourist monument in Marseille - the chapel Notre-Dame de la Garde. Marseille inhabitants traditionally consider Notre-Dame de la Garde a guard and defender of the city. Local people generally refer to it as la bonne mère ("good mother").

Prado Market - daily market from the Castellane subway station along the Prado Street to the Perier subway station, with a wide range of clothing, fruit and local souvenirs. Marseille Garlic market - a popular garlic market in Provence. La Maison du Pastis - more than 90 samples of this region specialities - pastis, anise aperitif.

Football players Zinédine Zidane and Éric Cantona were born in this city.

The port of Marseille, the largest port in France and one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean See, is connected with the Rhône through a canal. The islands of Pomègues and Ratonneau are situated near the city.

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