Marseilles (or in French Marseille) is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population of 853,000 on a land area of 240.62 km2 (93 sq mi). It is the third largest urban area after Lyon. Located on the Mediterranean coast in the region of Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur. Its inhabitants are called Marseillais in French. Marseille is a major centre of art and history. The city has many museums and galleries and there are many ancient buildings and churches of historical interest. For more about Marseilles tourism.
Interesting Facts about Marseille
- The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey and Roy Scheider. It was filmed around Marseille.
- Marseilles is that it is the oldest city in France. It was founded 2,600 years ago.
- Marseille has been designated as European Capital of Culture for 2013
- Marseille is diverse location composed of 16 arrondissements or districts and a total of 111 different quartiers or neighborhoods.
The video below illustrates …. Marseille is a rich, pulsating port city bubbling over with history, cutting-edge creative spaces and hip multicultural urbanites. Since Greek settlers came ashore around 600 BC, waves of immigrants have made Marseille (now France’s second largest city) their home.
Marseille’s maritime heritage thrives at the vibrant Vieux Port (Old Port), where fresh-off-the-boat catches are sold each morning. Along the coast, seaside roads and cycling tracks veer around sun-scorched coves and sandy beaches.