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The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (French: Cathdrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille, Marseille but better known as The Major, Occitan) is the cathedral of the city. It is an imposing building, unique in its kind in France, evoking the East for its Romanesque-Byzantine style.

It was built according to plans by architect Lon Vaudoyer flat in the second half of the nineteenth century (between 1852 and 1893) during a time of great economic, social and population growth for the city.

Mayor's Cathedral stands on a plaza outside the city center, between the Old Port and the "new" commercial port, near the district of Joliette and Fort Saint-Jean. His great architecture and interior decoration of marble and porphyry give a striking and distinct aspect of most religious buildings.

It was designated a minor basilica by Pope Leo XIII on January 24, 1896.

It is classified as a historical monument of France from August 9, 1906.


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La baslica de Santa Mara la Mayor (en francs: Cathdrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille, pero ms conocida en Marsella como La Major, del occitano) es la Catedral de la ciudad. Se trata de un imponente edificio, nico en su gnero en Francia, que evoca el Oriente por su estilo romnico-bizantino.

Fue construido segn los planos de planos del arquitecto Lon Vaudoyer en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX (entre 1852 y 1893) durante una poca de gran crecimiento econmico, social y demogrfico para la ciudad.

La catedral de la Mayor se yergue sobre una explanada, fuera del centro de la ciudad, entre el Vieux-Port y el "nuevo" puerto comercial, cerca del distrito de la Joliette y del Fuerte Saint-Jean. Su arquitectura grandiosa y su decoracin interior en mrmol y prfido le dan un aspecto llamativo y distinto de la mayora de construcciones religiosas.

Fue designada baslica menor por Len XIII el 24 de enero de 1896.

Est clasifica como Monumento histrico de Francia desde el 9 de agosto de 1906.

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