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Marseille is the oldest city in France. It dates back 2600 years when it was founded by the Phocaeans, or Greeks, from what is now Turkey. Named Massalia the town became very prosperous setting up trading posts in surrounding settlements.

It remained independent of the Romans when they occupied Provence but the inhabitants made the mistake of backing the wrong side during the civil war between Pompey and Caesar. For many years Arles, which had backed Caesar, became the dominant town but by the Middle Ages Marseille had recovered due largely to the trading opportunities offered by the Crusades.

Marseille Vieux Port

Second City of France

Despite losing many lives during the the Great Plague of the 1720s, Marseille gradually grew in importance. As well as being the great port we see today it is also the second city of France. Recently there has been a transformation of the infrastructure thanks to the Euroméditerranée Development Programme. In 2013 Marseille was the European City of Culture.

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Between the Calanques & Cap Canaille

Marseille: Canebière

Marseille's main drag

Marseille: Le Panier

Greco Roman Marseille

Marseille: N-D de la Garde

Nôtre Dame de la Gard & the Rive Neuve

Marseille: Vieux Port

La Cité Phocéenne

Text © Paul Shawcross

Images by Paul Shawcross, Photo by Paul Shawcross