Fort St Nicholas

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

On the other side of the quay is the impressive Fort St Nicholas, which was constructed during the 1660s and was used as much to keep the locals in line and loyal to the throne, as to deter invaders. In May 1790, with the arrival of the Revolution, the people of Marseille started demolishing the fort but were stopped by order of the Assemblée Nationale. Parts of the fort are open for visits but some if it still remains in the hands of the military so you need to contact the tourist office if you would like an organised tour.

 

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.