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Marseille
France

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Population: 820,900
Language: French
Currency: Euro (EUR)

Information about Marseille

 

With a population of over 850,000 in the city limits and another 1.6 million in the surrounding metropolitan area, Marseille is second only to Paris as the largest city in France. Marseille has also been acclaimed the European Capital of Culture 2013. The city features a busy commercial port and marina on the Mediterranean coast.

Cafes line the boardwalk along the Old Port harbor between the two impressive forts, Fort St. Nicolas and Fort Saint Jean, with a view of the Phare de Sainte Marie Lighthouse. As a center of art and history, there are many museums and galleries in Marsaille, such as the Musee d’Histoireand the Musee Cantini. A famous artists’ colony at the Port d’Elaque was frequented by masters such as Renoir and Cezanne.

Notable landmarks include the Abbey of St. Victor, the Palais de la Bourse, the Pierre Puget park, the Hotel de Ville (City Hall).

 

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