Photographer's Note

Notre-Dame de la Garde Marseille

A story of abiding tenacity

As you read the following history of the site, you may have the impression that its vocation was much more military than religious.
Centuries of perseverance and faithfulness were necessary in order to end up in the current situation in which the hill belongs only to " Our Good Mother's " serenity.

1. On the hill, faith, but also war.

The hill may well have been ( though this has not been proved ) a place of worship in Greco-Roman times. But its military vocation is likewise probable, and quite certain in the early Middle Ages, since it has been called THE GUARD since at least 903 ( in a charter quoted by F.Hildesheimer, an archivist paleographer).

Then in 1214 an inhabitant of Marseilles we know little about except that he was called "Master Peter", was authorized by the abbot of Saint Victor to erect a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Mother at the top of an uninhabited hill. Peter invoked only his faith to maintain his project : he had no miraculous apparition or divine intervention to lean on. And since then for so many centuries the sanctuary thus created has triggered a continuing and growing fervour without any added supernatural phenomena.

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