Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor) Tours
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The Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor) in Marseille may not be at the top of everyone's to-see list, especially when the nearby, picturesque Notre Dame Basilica and its bird's-eye view are such a big draw. But there are two reasons this abbey should be added: First, it's a convenient stop on the way to Notre Dame, and secondly, it is commonly considered the oldest church in France–which is quite a claim, considering that thousand-year-old churches seem to be a dime a dozen here.
In fact, the abbey's history dates back to the fifth century, was in ruins by the ninth century and by the 13th century, when other world-famous churches were first being built, Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor) was being renovated. Martyrs died here, the library was dismantled simply to please a de Medici family member, and in the late 18th century, the site was stripped of all of its finery. In short, it's had quite a history.
Both the Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor) and its crypts can be visited for the budget-friendly price of 2 euro per person. The site is generally open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The faithful can even attend mass, which is held at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Mass is held twice on Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and Saturday also has an extra mass at 9 a.m. The crypt is a must-see, as it is one of the most impressively preserved in France.
Address: 3 Rue Abbaye, Marseille 13007, France
Hours: Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm
Admission: Adults €2
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor)
Spend the morning exploring Marseilles’ historical neighborhoods on a small-group tour with a guide. Perfect for visitors looking to maximize their time in the city, the tour covers many of the city’s main sights in half a day. Peruse shops and restaurants in the along the water in the old port, and take in panoramic views along the Cape Croisette.
Discover highlights of the French Riviera on this small-group tour of Marseille and Cassis. Journey along the rugged yet beautiful Route de Crêtes, where you’ll catch panoramic views of the Gulf de Cassis from Cape Canaille. Cruise from Cassis (option) to view the region’s three famous calanques, then head back to Marseille to tour the city’s main attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St Victor.
Immerse yourself in the distinctive beauty of Provence with a full-day tour of the Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, and Marseille. With your small group, view elegant mansions along Aix’s Cours Mirabeau and tour Paul Cézanne’s art studio (additional expense) before heading to Cassis to view breathtaking calanques from the village’s charming harbor. End in Marseille with a historic tour of main attractions such as the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.
Discover the many cultural offerings of Aix-en-Provence and nearby Marseille on a private day trip. Begin with a stroll along Aix's cafe-lined Cours Mirabeau, known for its illustrious mansions, and explore the city's Old Town. Then pay an optional visit to the Cézanne Studio (own expense), highlighting the life of native Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Next it's off to the vibrant waterfront city of Marseille for a sightseeing tour of sights like the Abbey of St Victor, with its stained-glass windows and tiny vineyard.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Meet us at the bus stop « Notre Dame de la Garde » (bus number 60) to start a great tour during which we’ll have the best views ever of Marseille, from the city’s most famous place, Notre Dame de la Garde. The guide will be waiting for you with a light blue umbrella to tell you everything about the oldest city in France and most especially, the history of Marseille’s main monument!
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Discover the famous flavors and sights of Provence on a private, full day-tour from Marseille. Travel to charming Aix-en-Provence for a walking tour of the historic city center, plus tastings of specialty products and lunch at the town’s legendary market. Back in Marseille, take a sightseeing tour of St Victor Abbey, Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica and other highlights, and continue shopping at the city’s popular new mall and market.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor) hours of operation?
Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor) hours of operation: Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor)?
The best ways to experience Abbey of St. Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor) are:
- Marseille Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour of Marseille
- Provence, Marseille and Cassis Sightseeing Tour
- Provence Small-Group Sightseeing Tour: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Cassis
- Private Tour: Marseille City Sightseeing and Aix-en-Provence Day Trip from Marseille
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