Fort Saint-Jean is a fortress located in Marseille, France. The fortress was built in the 17th century and was completed in 1660. It was built on the order of King Louis XIV at the entrance of the Old Port. It was built in response to an uprising against the local government at the time. Over the years the fortress with its dominant tower has been used for military purposes and also as a prison. During World War Two a large part of the fortress was destroyed due to an explosion, after the world war it lay in ruin for many years until it was restored and declared a historical monument. Today, the fortress is used as part of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.
The fortress is situated on the waterfront. It is a 10-15 minute walk away from the city’s central train station. The 60 bus travels to the fortress.
Opening Times and Admission
You can enter the fortress by buying a ticket for the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. It is open six days of the week, Wednesday to Monday 11am-6pm; Tuesdays are a weekly day of closure. Admission is set at 9.50 euros for adults and 5 euros for concessions.