A few facts about Panier and La Major Cathedral:


  • Panier is the oldest part of Marseille.
  • It is an area with tiny streets, steep stairs and houses from different eras.
  • In the middle of this area you will find the Vieille Charité, a wonderful old monument, now hosting museums and exhibitions.
  • La Major is renowned to be the cathedral of Marseille
  • an enormous structure dramatically positioned right next to the former commercial port.
  • The first cathedral to be constructed in France in two centuries, Sainte Marie Majeure (also known as La Nouvelle Major or just plain La Major) was the brainchild of Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, who aimed thus to ingratiate himself with the Church, as well as with Marseille itself by providing the city with a prestigious landmark.


How to get to Panier and La Major Cathedral:


Panier is within a short walking distance from the Old Port. Catch the Petit Train (Little Train) on the Quai des Belges (just outside La Samaritaine brasserie) for a guided tour.


From Saint Charles Station, take the metro (line one, direction La Fourragère; stop Colbert); from there it is a short walking distance.


Address for La Major: La Major Cathedral, place de la Major, 13002 Marseille. Closed on Mondays.


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