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Marseille was founded 600 BC by the Greeks. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is France its largest commercial port and the vibrant capital of Southern Europe. Despite many misfortunes such as the plague that killed over 100,000 people in its days and many attacks from enemy armies, Marseille was always able to bounce back. This vibrant and energetic city is known for its delicious Bouillabaisse and the national Anthem the Marseillaise. In 1792, during the French Revolution, 500 volunteers from Marseille sung the war song of the Rhine on every stop on their way to Paris. The crowds loved it and the National Anthem, the Marseillaise, was born.
Millions of immigrants entered France through Marseille. Italians, Algerians, Armenians, Greek and Vietnamese gave the city a bustling, exotic and colorful image. If you want to escape the glittering boulevards of the French Riviera, this rough diamond is ready to be explored. This exuberant city will surprise you with its beautiful parks, medieval style neighborhoods and a dynamic downtown. All ingredients for a great destination, well worth a visit!
Marseilles counts over 100 different neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own church and a park to where they play the typical French game Boules. Stroll around and discover the unique character and beauty of Marseille.