Marseille, France
Abbey of Saint-Victor de Marseille

The monument that stands even after a millennium, and then some.

If you wish to witness a marriage between history, architecture and religion all in one spot, then make sure to head down to the Abbey of Saint-Victor in Marseille. Named after the Marseille martyr Saint Victor, this monument was commissioned to be rebuilt almost a millennium ago, after undergoing a slew of invasions from the 7th to 10th centuries. Fans of Roman architecture fans will surely revel in the formidability of this abbey. Besides that, an annual pilgrimage takes place here during the Christian holiday of Candlemas, whereby the small wooden statue of the Black Virgin - dating back to the 12th century, is worshipped. If you are a history buff, then head down to the Abbey Saint Victor any day.

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Tips Before You Go
While entrance into the compound is free, visitors have to pay a small fee to enter the crypt underneath. You should definitely experience this, as it will bring you up close and personal with late pagan and early Christian sarcophagi. This is a unique experience unlike no other.
Place Saint-Victor, 13007 Marseille, France