About Marseille

Map of Provence-Alpes-Azur, France

Provence-Alpes-Azur (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)

Department map of Bouches du Rhône
Bouches du Rhône : 13
A photo from Marseille

Marseille is in the Bouches du Rhône department of the Provence-Alpes-Azur region

One of the ancient Mediterranean ports has grown into a huge cosmopolitain city.

Marseille is one of France's oldest cities dating back more than 2000 years, the ancient name is Phocaea. One of Europe's most important ports in maritime history.

A new port now handles the cargo, whilst the old port is for pleasure and a great place to have a dink.

Famous names

  • Adolphe Thiers( 1797-1877 ), first president of the Third Republic
  • Fernandel ( 1903-1971 ), actor
  • Zinedine Zidane ( 1972 ), French footballer
  • César Baldaccini (1921–1998 ), sculpter
  • Désirée Clary ( 1777–1860 ), wife of King Carl XIV of Sweden
  • The French poet Arthur Rimbaud died in Marseille the 10th of November 1891