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  • Address: Prom. Louis Brauquier, Mareseille, France

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Fort Saint-Jean Tours

Fort Saint-Jean is a historic but highly quirky fortification in the Old-Port of Marseilles commissioned by none other than Louis XIV in 1660—but not for obvious reasons. He had the fort built for defensive purposes, of course, but also because he wanted to please his Marseilles people, noticing that inhabitants were extremely fond of nice fortresses but were also wary of their governor; the two new forts were built in response to a local uprising rather than for the defense of the city - their cannons pointed inwards towards the town, not outwards towards the sea. The name of Saint-Jean comes from the site on which the fort is built, which was previously occupied by the Order of the Knights of Saint John.

The fort was later used for military purposes on several occasions, as it was in the possession of the French army for the better part of the 19th and 20th centuries; it was utilized as barracks and clearing station for the Army of Africa during the 1830s and was occupied by the German military in November 1942. But in the wake of the liberation of Marseilles in August 1944, much of the fort and its historic battlements and buildings were destroyed by the explosion of a munitions depot. Today Fort Saint-Jean is an exhibition space for permanent collections operated by MUCEM, the Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditérannée.

Practical Info

Fort Saint-Jean is located on Promenade Louis Brauquier in the Old-Port of Marseilles. It can be reached on foot from Quai du Port and from Quai de la Tourette, and also by car with ample parking across Hôtel de Ville on Place Jules Verne (€6 for three hours, €7 for evenings between 7PM and 2AM or €17 for 24 hours). The closest tram station is Sadi Carnot and the closest metro station is Vieux-Port / Hôtel de Ville; both are located 10 minutes east of the fort. 

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MUCEM and Fort Saint Jean Skip the Line Ticket, Marseille, null
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MUCEM and Fort Saint Jean Skip the Line Ticket

Enjoy a skip-the-line ticket to visit Marseille emblematic museum. Your ticket gives you access to both sites: the architectural J4 building and the Fort ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 1 to 3 hrs

From USD $11.20
Cassis and Marseille Small-Group Tour from Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, Museum Tickets & Passes
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Cassis and Marseille Small-Group Tour from Aix-en-Provence

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover Cassis, the small Saint-Tropez of Provence, famous for its calanques (inlets) and listed by UNESCO, on your small-group tour from Aix-en-Provence. You ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.55
Colorbus Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour, Marseille, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Colorbus Marseille Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

A hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Marseille is a great way to get a flavor of this beautiful french city steeped in history. tour the Vieux-Port and soak up ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 1 to 2 days

From USD $22.40
Historical Center Walking Tour of Marseille, Marseille, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Historical Center Walking Tour of Marseille

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore the legendary foundation of Marseille on this walking tour of the city. You will travel through the centuries to meet the Greek city, then the Roman, ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.48
Small-Group Marseille Walking Tour including a Glass of Wine, Marseille, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Marseille Walking Tour including a Glass of Wine

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Marseille in le Panier "old town" and MUCEM "new town" in a small-group. Walk along the old port, discover the ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.95
Private Provencal Market, Gourmet and Shopping Tour to Aix en Provence from Marseille, Marseille, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Provencal Market, Gourmet and Shopping Tour to Aix en Provence from Marseille

Discover Provence gourmet specialties in Aix en Provence on a guided walking tour with your guide. Enjoy free time on the Provencal market to explore the ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $742.80

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