Port of Marseille.
Founded by Greeks in 600 BCE, Marseille has a strong, independent local culture reflecting its long-acquired cosmopolitanism. During the colonial period, Marseille linked France to the Maghreb, and strong ties still remain, partly through the large immigrant community.
The main sights are centered around the Old Port, including the Château d'If featuring in The Count of Monte Cristo.
Marseille was elected European Capital of Culture for 2013.
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