At the foot of Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica lies the Sacred Wood Garden (7th arrondissement). Surrounded by picturesque and narrow streets, the area reflects the old Marseille, like Le Panier quarter.
The garden got its name from a rumour: the spot where the jardin du Bois Sacré is located was said to be sacred. For a long time, many pilgrims came to visit the Bonne Mère (Notre Dame basilica) – until the 19th Century, the Bonne Mère is nothing but a virgin statue rising at an altitude of 150 metres. Marseille city decided to take care of the garden only at the beginning the 20th Century. At this time, the garden was desert and rocky.
Today, many trees filled the space (Aleppo pines, green oaks,cedars,olive trees…etc), it is very pleasant to wander around, taking one of the different paths on the hill. Children and Pétanque playgrounds were added more recently.
TIPS & ANECDOTES
Extend your visit with a walk in the little streets of Vauban quarter to see the basilica from another perspective. For a refreshing break and “pause gourmande” (gourmet break), as we say, le Café de Vauban boasts a nice terrace on boulevard Vauban (number 84).
The Sacred Wood Garden offers:
- Two boulodromes (pétanqus playgrounds)
- A sport playground
- A children playground
Rue du Bois Sacré – 13007 Marseille
- November, December, January, February: 8am-5.30pm
- March, April, September, October: 8am-7pm
- May, June, July, August: 8am-8pm
HOW TO GET TO THE JARDIN DU BOIS SACRÉ ?
- Fort du Sanctuaire Stop (lines 57 and 60)