Témoignage de John Evelyn (1644)
Marseilles is on the sea-coast, on a pleasant rising ground, well-walled, with an excellent port for ships and galleys, secured by a huge chain of iron drawn across the harbour at pleasure ; and there is a well-fortified tower with three others forts, especially that built on a rock ; but the castle commanding the city is that of Notre Dame de la Garde. In the chapel hung up divers crocodiles’ skins.
(The diary of John Evelyn, Ed. William Bray, J.M. DENT et E.P DULTON, London-New York, 1905, Tome I, p.81.)