L’abbaye Saint-Victor, Marseille, France

St Victor

The remains of L’abbaye Saint-Victor, once a prestigious religious center, overlooks the Vieux Port.

The abbey was built in the early 5th century on the site where Saint Victor was massacred, and was dismembered in the 18th century. It was secularized, the gold and silver valuables were melted to make coins, the relics were burned and the building converted to a warehouse, then prison, then barracks.

St Victor-2

Today, this 11th-century church is all that remains.

One of Saint Victor’s abbots, Guillaume Grimoard, became Pope Urban V of Avignon.

3 rue de l’Abbaye, Marseille

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