The Old Port of Marseille is at the end of the Canebière, the major street of Marseille. It has been the natural harbour of the city since Antiquity and is now the main popular place in Marseille. It became mainly pedestrian in 2013.
In 600, Greek settlers from Phocaea landed in the Lacydon, a rocky Mediterranean cove, now the site of the Old Port of Marseille. They set up a trading post or emporion in the hills on the northern shore. Until the nineteenth century the Old Port remained the centre of maritime activity in Marseille. In the Middle Ages the land at the far end of the port was used to cultivate hemp for the local manufacture of rope for mariners, which is the origin of the name of the main thoroughfare of Marseille, the Canebière.
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