The Notre Dame de la Garde is a Neo-Byzantine church, located high up on a hill at the highest point of Marseille, so when someone stands outside the church in the courtyard they can see all of Marseille spread out before them. The church is visible from all points of the city and it appears to be watching over everything from its vantage point.
Marseille, although it is grouped around the Vieux Port and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, is actually the second largest city in France with a population of about two million. It is also still France's largest commercial port, and the access to the sea has been what has always maintained Marseille as an important French city situated in the Bouches du Rhone region of the Provence.
Marseille is a popular tourist destination, and is also a popular place to enter and leave France because of the port, the airport and train station that connects it to the rest of Europe. People have lived in Marseille for over 30,000 years and is the oldest city in France, dating back to about 600 BC.
It is a fascinating place to go, full of hills and narrow roads, ancient buildings, community groups, churches and ships. Many films are also made here as it provides such an interesting backdrop.
City of Marseille and Vieux Port seen from the Notre Dame de la Garde, ND de la Garde, Bouches du Rhone, Cote Bleue, Blue Coast, Mediterranean, Provence, France, Europe.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/500 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 285mm.
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