Fort Saint Nicolas and Fort d'Entrecasteaux

Historic site and monument
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The fort is composed of the fort d'Entrecasteaux, above, and the fort Ganteaume below. Located on a strategic site at the entrance of the Old Port, this fort was built under Louis XIV to impose the royal power on the population of Marseille.
Its double enclosure, ditches and bastions, illustrates the necessary adaptation to the offensives of the fire artillery. The salient angle thus formed makes it possible to accommodate the machines and to compensate for the widening of the enclosure which has the effect of recreating the blind spot formerly neutralized by the machicolations. The fortresses testify of the periods of the history where this unit was seen in danger. In the 17th century, Louis XIV ordered the construction of the Saint-Nicolas citadel. This fort could direct its batteries on the city as well as on the invaders. This work, beyond the principle of defense, indirectly delivers another testimony, that of the evolution of the art of the war and the armament. Today, it houses the mixed garrison circle.

It is only accessible to those admitted to the Circle.
Opening period (s)From 01/01 to 31/12, daily.
General information
  • Price :
    • Free
  • Style :
    • Classical
  • Park :
    • Park
Services, Tours, Activities and entertainment
  • Environments :
    • Close to a public transportation
Fort Saint Nicolas and Fort d'Entrecasteaux
2 Boulevard Charles Livon
Phone : +33 4 91 59 23 56


Free of charge.
Fort Saint Nicolas et fort d'Entrecasteaux
2 Boulevard Charles Livon
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.292242
Longitude : 5.360826