Marseille is rich in heritage and traditions
One of the must-see European cities, Marseille—the beautiful, the incandescent and the scandalous—is opening up to the world, playing between striking contrasts and intriguing paradoxes. Rich in heritage and traditions, Marseille is proud to be visionary.
Made up of a melting pot of cultures, colors, languages andstories, the city was chosen as the 2013 European Capital of Culture, host city for the 2016 European Football Championship, the 2017 European Capital of Sport and the 2020 MANIFESTA biennial. In 2021, Marseille welcomed the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) conference and prominent cultural events such as the Jeff Koons show at Mucem and Rolling Stones-Unzipped at the Orange Velodrome stadium. With the Rugby World Cup in 2023, and sailing and football competitions for the 2024 Summer Olympics, Marseille’s draw is growing each year.
In 2022, Marseille’s cultural scene sparkled thanks to the Joconde Immersive (Immersive Mona Lisa) show at the Palais de la Bourse in March and the opening of the Grotte Cosquer replica at the Villa Mediterranee in June.
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