Fort St Jean

Marseille
Provence Côte d'Azur
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The Fort St Jean is an imposing structure built between the 15th and 17th centuries to guard and protect the port from attack. It was used as a garrison but later became a prison during the Revolution. Major damage was caused to the fort during WW2 when the Germans used it as an ammunitions store which exploded in 1944. The fort is open to the public and holds exhibitions by the Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM).

 

Nearby attractions

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Places to visit nearby

Marseille in Provence Côte d'Azur is the second largest, and the oldest, city in France and is situated on the sunny south coast.

Nîmes in Languedoc Rousillon is the home of some of the best preserved Roman monuments in the world and is especially famous for its amphitheatre.

St Tropez in Provence Côte d'Azur is a sophisticated resort that is popular with the European and American jet set.