Notre-Dame de la Garde " La Bonne Mère ", emblematic figure of the city, watches over the sailors, the fishermen and all the inhabitants of Marseilles.
The Garde hill (154 m) has always been an observation post.
Tradition has it, but there is no proof, that the look-out post exists since prehistorical times and more probably since the Roman era. In the 15th century decree of Charles II d'Anjou enumerates the Garde hill in the lists of relays. This look-out system is improved over the centuries and this function continues on the hill until 1978.
To protect Marseille from the armies of Charles the Fifth, led by the Constable of Bourbon,...