Located in the district of Joliette, the Marseille Cathedral (Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille or Cathédrale de la Major) stands in all its magnificence on an esplanade overlooking the sea. Its dimensions are spectacular: 142 metres long, with towers on the portico 60 metres high, a 20-metre nave and a central dome which rises 70 metres and has a 17.5-metre diameter. Designed by architect Léon Vaudoyer, the 'Major' was built between 1852 and 1893 in a Latin cross configuration, in Romanesque-Byzantine style. The mosaics and domes are Romanesque and Gothic. Its architecture and interior design in marble and porphyry give it an appearance unique among religious buildings.
A historic monument since 1906, it can accommodate 3,000 people. It is a Marseille must-see for its breath-taking view of the sea and the latest developments in the Joliette area, with its new docks, halls and the Mucem.
La Cathédrale de la Major
Place de la Major
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