An illustrated walk around the historic Mediterranean city of Marseille and its Old Port, which became a major European gateway for exotic imports from the Ancient World after its beginnings in 600 B.C.
Situated on the south eastern coast of France, Marseille is a picture postcard city and its pristine and windswept light conditions have inspired artists for centuries. The city has become a Mecca for tourists visiting France and the Mediterranean, who flock in their thousands each summer to admire its sumptuous historical attractions.
Marseille today is the third largest urban area in France after Paris and Lyon with a population of almost one-and-a-half million. It boasts the third-largest commercial port in Europe as well as France’s lowest levels of rainfall, which are largely due to the omnipresent Mistral wind. But things haven’t always been like that.
The first recorded inhabitants of what is now Marseille would surely be surprised by what it has become if they could come back to see it. They lived in some of the countless grottos and caves which still characterize the coastal area, and traces of their existence can still be seen on the walls of their dwellings, some of which date back to 27,000 B.C, during the Paleolithic Era.
A plaque set into the quayside of the Old Port (Vieux Port) describes what happened next;
“Greek sailors from the city of Phocaea in Asia Minor landed here in around 600 B.C. They founded Marseille, from which civilization shone forth across the Western World.”
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