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  • 1 Château et Parc Borély Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parc Borély F - 13008 Marseille

    A huge space with wooded area, large lawns for perfect for games, as well as a boating lake and a lovely botanical garden. The park also hosts major petanque competitions. The château was built in the 18C by rich merchants, the Borélys, and is to hou..

  • 2 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 ..

  • 3 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.

  • 4 Palais Longchamp Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    23 bd Montricher F - 13001 Marseille

    This imposing palace was built between 1862 and 1869 by Nîmes-born architect Henri Espérandieu. In the centre stands a water tower with water games; colonnades join it to the Fine Art Museum (to the left) and the Natural History Museum (to the right)..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Musée des Docks Romains Interesting

    Museums and art

    10 pl. Vivaux F - 13002 Marseille

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

  • 7 Musée Grobet-Labadie Interesting

    Museums and art

    140 bd Lompchamp F - 13001 Marseille

    This museum boast collections of art (tapestries, sculptures, paintings, furniture, Moustiers ceramics, goldwork etc). It also has a fine collection of Primitive Flemish, German and Italian paintings, and drawings from the European schools from the 1..

  • 8 Vallon des Auffes Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue 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..

  • 9 Église St Ferréol

    Religious buildings

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

    This church with its Renaissance façade stands opposite the Old Port, at the end of rue République. Also known as "Église des Augustins", the façade of this white church was rebuilt in 1904.

  • 10 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, on the grounds that it was insalubrious. Its 40 000 inhabitants were first evacuated, a step closer to a tragic fate for ..

  • 11 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.

  • 12 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.

  • 13 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.

  • 14 The Old Hospital

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Daviel F - 13000 Marseille

    Overlooking the Vieux Port, the monotony of the hospital façade has been broken up by the way the volumes have been treated and the superimposed arcaded galleries. The building is waiting to be redeveloped, perhaps for use in the cultural sector.

  • 15 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.

  • 16 Église St-Laurent

    Religious buildings

    espl. de la Tourelle 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..

  • 17 Fort St Jean

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai du Port F - 13000 Marseille

    The fort encompasses former constructions including King René's turret with its resemblance to a minaret. In 2007, a new wooden tower - the Tour d'Assaut - was built. The MuCEM (Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée) is due to be ..

  • 18 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. Café terraces and theatres mean it's always lively.

  • 19 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.

  • 20 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 the traditional hideout of Marseille's journalists and printers. You can see traces of the old arsenal in the façade of the hotel (at n° 23) and the bookshop/gallery/restaurant des Arcenaulx at n..

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