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The Cathédrale de la Major in Marseille

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Cathédrale de la Major

Marseille’s cathedral (Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille or Cathédrale de la Major) is a Roman Catholic cathedral and a national monument of France. It has been a basilica minor since 1896. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Marseille (formerly the Diocese of Marseille until its elevation in 1948). The present cathedral, the “Nouvelle Major”, was built on an enormous scale in a Byzantine-Roman style from 1852 to 1896 on the site used for the cathedrals of Marseille since the 5th century, principally by the architects Léon Vaudoyer (1803-1872) and Henri-Jacques Espérendieu (1829-1874). Some modest structures remaining from the largely demolished earlier cathedral, the “Vieille Major”, still stand alongside, dwarfed by the huge scale of the later construction.

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