Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (or Our Lady of the Guard Basilica) stands as one of the highest points in the city of Marseille, France. And rightly so, as she is considered to be La Bonne Mere - "Our Good Mother" - who benevolently guards the people of Marseilles. At 154 meters, it seems that she is doing her job quite well. The statue, as well as the Basilica, is a well-loved landmark.
The magnificent Basilica never fails to shock and move you. Back in the mid1800s, the bishop of Marseilles, Saint Charles Eugene de Mazenod, had this basilica built. It was originally a chapel dedicated to the Lady of the Guard, who was expected to ensure the safe return of the "people of the sea" – the sailors of Marseilles ...
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