Tour de Saint Jean

Located on the north side of the Vieux Port, overlooking the entrance to the cove, is the tour de Saint-Jean. Built in the 12th century, this small fortress is a commandery of the Knights of Saint John under the responsibility of the bailli de Marseille. A watchtower was added in the 15th century by le bon roi (good king) RenĂ© I, the count of Provence, to improve the port’s defenses.

The massive chain which protects the port at night is anchored at the base of the tour de Saint-Jean.

Tour de Saint Jean

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