Marseille, France offers Great Views and Civic Monuments
Posted On 11/04/2020 08:48:37
France | Marseille | Arches | City Gates | Architecture | Walking | Exploring | Train Station | Cruise Port
The Porte d'Aix stands on the road from Aix-en-Provence at the old entry point to Marseille, France.
It was inspired by the Roman arches and originally planned to honor King Louis XIV and
celebrate the end of the American Revolutionary War. The arch was not completed until 1839, over
50 years later, due to continued upheavals in the country.
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Have you been on a cruise that docked in Marseille, France?
We made an unexpected stop in Marseille during our 2017 fall transatlantic cruise. (We were
originally scheduled for a day in St. Thomas near the end of the cruise. Due to recent hurricane
damage, the itinerary was amended and Marseille was added as a replacement.)
Since our preference is to go off on our own, we decided to take the train to Cassis. While walking
from the cruise port to the train station, we encountered many great buildings as well as this arch.
Known as the Porte d'Aix, the arch was inspired by the Roman arches. Located on the road to Aix-
en-Provence, it is the old gate to the city of Marseille.
What gems have you found while exploring port cities?