Fort Saint-Jean

The oldest monument in Marseille

Fort Saint-Jean de Marseille • Lieu Emblématique • Colorbüs
Fort Saint-Jean de Marseille • Lieu Emblématique • Colorbüs

Fort Saint-Jean: A monument at the heart of Marseilles' history

Fort Saint-Jean is one of the oldest monuments in Marseille. It marks the entrance to the Old Port and offers an exceptional view of the city. Along with Fort Saint-Nicolas, it is an integral part of a military complex that is inseparable from the history of Marseille.

A former commandery of the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem in the 12th century during the Crusades, Fort Saint-Jean served as a departure point for troops heading for the Holy Land.

Today, it is an integral part of the MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations), which was inaugurated in 2013 and to which it is linked by an imposing ultra-modern footbridge overlooking the sea. Its garden section can be visited free of charge and promises to give you some very beautiful moments.

Between history, culture and spectacular views, the experience cannot leave anyone indifferent. This is why it is a must-see during your visit to the Cité Phocéenne.

Nearest stop

Stop 14Avenue Vaudoyer (13002)