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  • 1 Maison Diamantée Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Prison F - 13002 Marseille

    At the corner of the square, this 16C house is named after the stones on its façade, which are cut into the shape of diamonds.

  • 2 Palais Longchamp Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    23 bd Montricher F - 13001 Marseille

    This monumental water tower was built between 1839 and 1869 by Nîmes-born architect Henri Espérandieu, in honour of the arrival of water from the Canal de la Durance in Marseille. In the centre there is a fine colonnade surrounding a fountain that ev..

  • 3 Musée des Docks Romains Interesting

    Museums and art

    10 place Vivaux F - 13002 Marseille

    Remains of the commercial warehouses for dolia (large earthenware jars), dating from the 1C and 3C. Other objects (amphoras, pottery, coins) illustrate the major role played by Marseille in Mediterranean maritime trade. A model helps you imagine how ..

  • 4 Musée Grobet-Labadie Interesting

    Museums and art

    140 boulevard-Lompchamp F - 13001 Marseille

    A 19C town house provides the setting for this collection of objects (tapestries, sculptures, paintings, furniture, Moustiers ceramics, goldwork etc); these once belonged to the Labadié family, who were wealthy Marseille traders. The museum also boas..

  • 5 Vallon des Auffes Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Vallon des Auffes F - 13007 Marseille

    This little valley has a charm typical of Marseille, with its little wooden houses, flotilla of boats, including typical pointus, the ever-changing light, the view over the sea and the bridge. It has everything of the decor of an operetta and is rema..

  • 6 Sormiou Creek Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    chemin de Sormiou F - 13009 Marseille

    Numerous cabanons (small stone structures), small port, beach and seafood restaurants: this is the locals' favourite calanque. Separated from Morgiou by Cap Morgiou, the belvedere affords magnificent views of the two creeks and the east coast of the ..

  • 7 Fine Arts Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Palais Longchamp F - 13004 Marseille

    The Fine Arts Museum contains two storeys, filled with major French, Italian, Flemish and Provençal works from the 17 to the 19C. The drawings room contains Italian and French collections, shown in the form of temporary exhibitions. There are a numbe..

  • 8 Église St Ferréol

    Religious buildings

    9 r. de la Reine-Élisabeth F - 13001 Marseille

    This church with a Renaissance façade and also known as Église des Augustins stands opposite the Old Port. It was rebuilt in 1874.

  • 9 Corps de Ville Area

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai du Port F - 13000 Marseille

    Apart from a few remarkable buildings, the whole of the so-called "Corps de Ville" quarter was dynamited by the Nazis in 1943, on the grounds that it was insalubrious. Its 40 000 inhabitants were evacuated beforehand, some to a tragic fate...

  • 10 Hôtel de Ville de Marseille

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai du Port F - 13000 Marseille

    The escutcheon featuring royal arms above the main door is a cast of a work by Pierre Puget. The handsome façade is an example of Provençal Baroque.

  • 11 Hôtel de Cabre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    27bis Grand'Rue F - 13000 Marseille

    This is one of the oldest buildings in the city (1535). Its composite style illustrates the influence of late Gothic style on civil architecture in Marseille.

  • 12 Pavillon Daviel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Daviel F - 13000 Marseille

    This is the former courthouse (mid-18C). Note the wrought-iron balcony with a daisy decor on its pilastered façade, which is characteristic of the Marseille tradition.

  • 13 The Old Hospital

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Daviel F - 13000 Marseille

    The Hôtel-Dieu overlooks the Vieux Port. The layout of the structural elements and the superimposed arcaded galleries break up the monotony of this hospital's façade (18C). Since redevelopment in 2013, it has been home to the five-star Intercontinent..

  • 14 Clocher des Accoules Bell Tower

    Religious buildings

    pl. Daviel F - 13000 Marseille

    Marking the entrance to the neighbourhood of Le Panier, this is the only vestige of one of Marseille's oldest churches.

  • 15 Église St-Laurent

    Religious buildings

    Esplanade de la Tourette F - 13000 Marseille

    This is the parish church of the people of Marseille, who lived in Le Panier neighbourhood. From the esplanade there is a lovely view of the Old Port, the entrance to La Canebière, and St Jean and St Nicolas Forts. The church houses many touching com..

  • 16 Fort St Jean

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai du Port F - 13000 Marseille

    An imposing composite building that was a simple commandery in the 12C; it took on a defensive role with the construction first of the so-called "King René's" square tower (15C), then a round tower (17C) reminiscent of a minaret. It was tra..

  • 17 Place de Lenche

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de Lenche F - 13000 Marseille

    Nowadays, Massalia's former agora is a bustling square surrounded by façades with iron balconies. It overlooks the Old Port opposite the Théâtre de la Criée and, thanks to the café terraces and restaurants, it is always lively.

  • 18 Rive Neuve

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai de Rive-Neuve F - 13000 Marseille

    The «New Bank» district, lined with neo-Classical buildings owes its name to the fact that it was developed quite late on. With the Garde hill rising above it, the district gives onto the restaurants and nightclubs of the Arcenaulx quarter.

  • 19 Cours Honoré d'Estienned'Orves

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours Honoré-d'Estienne-d'Orves F - 13000 Marseille

    In former times, a canal crossed this square, which is a traditional meeting point for Marseille's journalists and printers. You can see a few vestiges of the old arsenal of the royal galleys in the façade of the hotel (at n o 23) and the bookshop/ga..

  • 20 Carré Thiars

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Thiars F - 13000 Marseille

    A host of restaurants and nightclubs are to be found in these geometric streets around Place Thiars, which were laid out at the end of the 18C.

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