Attractions Marseille Architecture: Famous Landmarks and Buildings

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List of the famous landmarks that make up the Marseille skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Marseille architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in Marseille are included on this list. Information about these Marseille buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in Marseille and older historic landmarks.

This list includes Unité d'Habitation, CMA CGM Tower and more buildings.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in Marseille?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in Marseille. Famous architectural houses within the city of Marseille are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.
CMA CGM Tower is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Marseille Architecture: Famous Landmarks and Buildings
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CMA CGM Tower


The CMA CGM Tower is a 147m tall skyscraper in Euroméditerranée, the central business district of Marseille, France. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it is the headquarters for CMA CGM, a major shipping firm, hosting 2,200 employees previously spread over seven sites. Zaha Hadid was selected to design the building in November 2004. It is intended to interact with other landmarks of the city including the Château d'If and the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, which stands taller than the tower on a rocky outcrop. Built by Vinci subsidiary GTM Construction, the building has 20 lifts to service its 33 floors and was completed in Sep 2011. Sunset CMA CGM Tower view from the city The tower seen from ...more on Wikipedia

City/Town: Bouches-du-Rhône, France

Created By: Zaha Hadid

Style: Deconstructivism

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Marseille General Hospital


726 bed hospital. See GE Kidder Smith The New Architecture of Europe, P 98 Pelican Books 1962 ...more on Wikipedia

City/Town: Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion, + more

Created By: André Devin, Jean Croizet, René Egger

Construction Started: 1960

Notre-Dame de la Garde is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Marseille Architecture: Famous Landmarks and Buildings
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Notre-Dame de la Garde


Notre-Dame de la Garde, is a Catholic basilica in Marseille, France. This Neo-Byzantine church was built by the architect Henri-Jacques Espérandieu on the foundations of an ancient fort located at the highest natural point in Marseille, a 149 m limestone outcrop on the south side of the Old Port. It is a major local landmark and the site of a popular annual pilgrimage every year on Assumption Day, August 15. The basilica was consecrated on June 5, 1864, replacing a church of the same name built in 1214 and restored in the 15th century. The present basilica was constructed on the foundations of a 16th-century fort built by Francis I of France to resist the 1536 siege of Marseille by the ...more on Wikipedia

City/Town: Bouches-du-Rhône, France

Opened: Jan 01 1864

Created By: Jacques Henri Esperandieu

Porte d'Aix is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Marseille Architecture: Famous Landmarks and Buildings
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Porte d'Aix


Porte d'Aix is a triumphal arch in Marseille, in the south of France, marking the old entry point to the city on the road from Aix-en-Provence. The classical design by Michel-Robert Penchaud was inspired by the triumphal arches of the Roman Empire. The Porte d’Aix was initially conceived in 1784 to honour Louis XIV and to commemorate the Peace of Paris that ended the American war of independence. Following the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1814-15, the project was resumed in 1823, now to commemorate French victories in the Spanish Expedition, notably at the Battle of Trocadero, August 31, 1823. It was eventually completed in 1839, with a more general theme of victory. ...more on Wikipedia

City/Town: Bouches-du-Rhône, France

Opened: Jan 01 1839