Fort Saint-Jean

Historic site and monument
  • Fort Saint Jean Marseille
  • Mucem fort St Jean Marseille
  • Fort Saint Jean Marseille
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In the 13th century, the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem set up a fortress and a commandery at the entrance to the port.
The Tour Carrée was built by King René, Count of Provence, in the 15th century. The Fanal tower, built in 1644, signaled the entrance to the port. Louis XIV, in the 17th century, separated the fort from its neighborhood by digging a large trench, and thus kept the Marseillais in check by building the entrance to the port on the other side, Fort St. Nicolas.
The fort is an integral part of the MuCEM: its access will be reopened at the time of the museum's inauguration.
"The vaulted rooms housed in the stone bowels of Fort St. Jean, a 12th century historical monument, will offer exhibition galleries on the themes of celebration and entertainment. A unique opportunity to approach in a playful way facts revealing the evolution of societies, especially in the Mediterranean. In this public space, visitors will also be able to stroll through a Mediterranean garden suspended on the heights of the fort and marvel at the magnificent panorama offered over the sea." website
Opening period (s)From 01/01 to 31/12 between 10 am and 7 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
Closed exceptionally on May 1st and December 25th.
General information
  • Price :
    • Free
  • Style :
    • Classical
  • Park :
    • Park
Services, Tours, Activities and entertainment
  • Environments :
    • Close to a public transportation
  • Entertainment :
    • Temporary exhibition
Fort Saint-Jean
Quai du Port
Phone : +33 4 84 35 13 13


Free of charge.
Fort Saint-Jean
Quai du Port
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.294849
Longitude : 5.362801
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