Prefecture and commune
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Motto(s): Actibus immensis urbs fulget massiliensis
"The city of Marseille shines from its great achievements"
Marseille is located in France
Location within Provence-A.-C.d'A. region
Marseille is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°17′47″N 5°22′12″E / 43°17′47″N 5°22′12″E / 43.2964; 5.37
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Marseille (/; French: [maʁsɛj] (About this sound listen), locally [mɑχˈsɛjə]; English alternative spelling: Marseilles; Provençal: Marselha [maʀˈsejɔ, -ˈsijɔ]) is the second-largest city of France. The main city of the historical province of Provence, today it is the capital of the department of Bouches-du-Rhône and region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. It is located on France's south coast, covering an area of 241 km2 (93 sq mi) and had a population of 852,516 in 2012.[1] Its metropolitan area, which covers 3,173 km2 (1,225 sq mi) is the third-largest in France after Paris and Lyon, with a population of 1,831,500 as of 2010.[3]

Known to the ancient Greeks and Romans as Massalia[4] (Greek: Μασσαλία, Massalía),[5][6] Marseille was an important European trading centre and remains the main commercial port of the French Republic. Marseille is now France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and the largest port for commerce, freight and cruise ships. The city was European Capital of Culture in 2013 and European Capital of Sport in 2017; it hosted matches at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2016. It is home to Aix-Marseille University.


View of the "Petit Nice" on Marseille's corniche (7th arrondissement) with the Frioul archipelago and the Château d'If in the background

Marseille is the second-largest city in France after Paris and the centre of the third-largest metropolitan area in France after Paris and Lyon. To the east, starting in the small fishing village of Callelongue on the outskirts of Marseille and stretching as far as Cassis, are the Calanques, a rugged coastal area interspersed with small fjord-like inlets. Farther east still are the Sainte-Baume (a 1,147 m (3,763 ft) mountain ridge rising from a forest of deciduous trees), the city of Toulon and the French Riviera. To the north of Marseille, beyond the low Garlaban and Etoile mountain ranges, is the 1,011 m (3,317 ft) Mont Sainte Victoire. To the west of Marseille is the former artists' colony of l'Estaque; farther west are the Côte Bleue, the Gulf of Lion and the Camargue region in the Rhône delta. The airport lies to the north west of the city at Marignane on the Étang de Berre.[7]

Marseille and Calanques National Park from the ISS, February 2017

The city's main thoroughfare (the wide boulevard called the Canebière) stretches eastward from the Old Port to the Réformés quarter. Two large forts flank the entrance to the Old Port—Fort Saint-Nicolas on the south side and Fort Saint-Jean on the north. Farther out in the Bay of Marseille is the Frioul archipelago which comprises four islands, one of which, If, is the location of Château d'If, made famous by the Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo. The main commercial centre of the city intersects with the Canebière at Rue St Ferréol and the Centre Bourse (one of the city's main shopping malls). The centre of Marseille has several pedestrianised zones, most notably Rue St Ferréol, Cours Julien near the Music Conservatory, the Cours Honoré-d'Estienne-d'Orves off the Old Port and the area around the Hôtel de Ville. To the south east of central Marseille in the 6th arrondissement are the Prefecture and the monumental fountain of Place Castellane, an important bus and metro interchange. To the south west are the hills of the 7th and 8th arrondissements, dominated by the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde. Marseille's main railway station—Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles—is north of the Centre Bourse in the 1st arrondissement; it is linked by the Boulevard d'Athènes to the Canebière.[7]


Marseille has a hot Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csa) with mild, humid winters and warm to hot, mostly dry summers. December, January, and February are the coldest months, averaging temperatures of around 12 °C (54 °F) during the day and 4 °C (39 °F) at night. July and August are the hottest months, averaging temperatures of around 28–30 °C (82–86 °F) during the day and 19 °C (66 °F) at night in the Marignane airport (35 km (22 mi) from Marseille) but in the city near the sea the average high temperature is 27 °C (81 °F) in July.[8]

Marseille is officially the sunniest major city in France with over 2,900 hours of sunshine while the average sunshine in France is around 1,950 hours. It is also the driest major city with only 512 mm (20 in) of precipitation annually, especially thanks to the Mistral, a cold, dry wind originating in the Rhône Valley that occurs mostly in winter and spring and which generally brings clear skies and sunny weather to the region. Less frequent is the Sirocco, a hot, sand-bearing wind, coming from the Sahara Desert. Snowfalls are infrequent; over 50% of years do not experience a single snowfall.

The hottest temperature was 40.6 °C (105.1 °F) on 26 July 1983 during a great heat wave, the lowest temperature was −14.3 °C (6.3 °F) on 13 February 1929 during a strong cold wave.[9]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Marseille
Akan: Marseille
Alemannisch: Marseille
አማርኛ: ማርሴ
العربية: مارسيليا
aragonés: Marsiella
arpetan: Marselye
asturianu: Marsella
azərbaycanca: Marsel
تۆرکجه: مارسی
বাংলা: মার্সেই
Bân-lâm-gú: Marseille
башҡортса: Марсель
беларуская: Марсель
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Марсэль
български: Марсилия
Boarisch: Marseille
bosanski: Marseille
brezhoneg: Marselha
català: Marsella
Чӑвашла: Марсель
Cebuano: Marseille
čeština: Marseille
corsu: Marseglia
Cymraeg: Marseille
dansk: Marseille
Deutsch: Marseille
dolnoserbski: Marseille
eesti: Marseille
Ελληνικά: Μασσαλία
эрзянь: Марсель ош
español: Marsella
Esperanto: Marsejlo
estremeñu: Marsella
euskara: Marseilla
فارسی: مارسی
français: Marseille
Frysk: Marseille
Gaeilge: Marseille
Gàidhlig: Marseille
galego: Marsella
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Marseille
한국어: 마르세유
Hausa: Marseille
հայերեն: Մարսել
हिन्दी: मार्सैय
hornjoserbsce: Marseille
hrvatski: Marseille
Ilokano: Marseille
Bahasa Indonesia: Marseille
interlingua: Marseille
Interlingue: Marseille
Ирон: Марсель
íslenska: Marseille
italiano: Marsiglia
עברית: מרסיי
Basa Jawa: Marseille
kalaallisut: Marseille
ქართული: მარსელი
қазақша: Марсель
Kiswahili: Marseille
Kongo: Marseille
Kreyòl ayisyen: Masey
kurdî: Marsêy
Кыргызча: Марсель
Ladino: Marseya
Latina: Massilia
latviešu: Marseļa
Lëtzebuergesch: Marseille
lietuvių: Marselis
Ligure: Marseggia
Limburgs: Marseille
lingála: Marseille
lumbaart: Marseja
magyar: Marseille
македонски: Марсеј
Malagasy: Marseille
മലയാളം: മാർസേയ്
मराठी: मार्सेल
მარგალური: მარსელი
مصرى: مرسيليا
مازِرونی: مارسی
Bahasa Melayu: Marseille
монгол: Марсель
မြန်မာဘာသာ: မာဆေးမြို့
Nāhuatl: Marseille
Nederlands: Marseille
日本語: マルセイユ
Napulitano: Marseglia
нохчийн: Марсель
Nordfriisk: Marseille
norsk: Marseille
norsk nynorsk: Marseille
Nouormand: Marsêle
occitan: Marselha
олык марий: Марсель
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Marsel
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਮਾਰਸੇਈ
پنجابی: مارسیلز
Picard: Marseille
Piemontèis: Marsèja
Plattdüütsch: Marseille
polski: Marsylia
Ποντιακά: Μασσαλία
português: Marselha
Qaraqalpaqsha: Marsel
română: Marsilia
Runa Simi: Marseille
русский: Марсель
sardu: Marsiglia
Scots: Marseille
Seeltersk: Marselha
shqip: Marseja
sicilianu: Marsigghia
Simple English: Marseille
slovenčina: Marseille
slovenščina: Marseille
ślůnski: Marsylijo
Soomaaliga: Marseille
کوردی: مارسیلیا
српски / srpski: Марсељ
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Marseille
suomi: Marseille
svenska: Marseille
Tagalog: Marsella
தமிழ்: மர்சேய்
Taqbaylit: Marseille
татарча/tatarça: Марсель
Türkçe: Marsilya
українська: Марсель
اردو: مارسئی
vèneto: Marsegia
vepsän kel’: Marsel'
Tiếng Việt: Marseille
Volapük: Marseille
文言: 馬賽
West-Vlams: Marseille
Winaray: Marseille
吴语: 马赛
ייִדיש: מארסיי
Yorùbá: Marseille
粵語: 馬賽
Zeêuws: Marseille
中文: 马赛