Quality Hotel Marseille Vieux Port
16, cours Belsunce
Phone: (33) 4 91190485
Fax: (33) 4 91193980
This neo-classical palace is located on the Canebière, close to the Vieux-Port. Designed by architect Pascal Coste for Napoléon III, it houses Marseilles' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, founded in 1599, and the Maritime Museum. The façades of this splendid edifice feature an array of sculptures which were constructed to celebrate Marseilles' Golden Age of navigation and commerce.
Excavation work in 1967, in preparation for the construction of the Centre Bourse, revealed a site of great archaeological interest. It consisted of remains of the ramparts of the ancient Greek city, as well as parts of the ancient Roman port and its soft water basin which was used to refuel ships. This port, which is the oldest on the Mediterranean, contributed greatly to Marseilles' role as a great metropolis of Antiquity, as well as the most influential city in France. Surrounded by a garden, the remains are now adjacent to the Centre Bourse.
Situated in the very heart of the city, the house boasts a striking façade of diamond-shaped stones and a beautifully sculptured staircase. Built by a wealthy Marseilles merchant between 1570 and 1576, it is a fine example of 16th Century civil architecture. It was inspired by the palaces of the Renaissance, in particular the Diamond Palace in Ferrare, Italy. Today the building houses a museum dedicated to the old town of Marseilles.
Eglise Saint Théodore is classified as an official historic monument. Built in a Renaissance style, its original construction dates back to 1633. It has an impressive façade in stone and an organ with a fine tone. Eglise Saint Théodore occasionally presents classical concerts.
This Protestant church is situated in the centre of town on the famous La Canebière main road which leads to the Vieux-Port. Meetings, services, prayer sessions, children's group gatherings, family association meetings are held throughout the week. Call ahead for further details.
Originally, this was a Dominican convent church built at the end of the 16th century. Dedicated in 1619 to the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, the church then became a parish in 1803 dedicated to Saint Cannat, a former Marseille bishop. Inside is a superb organ case(1746-1749), the high alter of Fossaty (1755) as well as canvases by Michel Serre, all of which contribute to its historical heritage.
Just off the coast of Marseilles, the islands of Pomègues and Ratonneau, connected by a sea wall, present an arid, windswept landscape where sea birds seek refuge. The rugged contours of the coastline are broken up by rocky inlets, fine sandy beaches and small coves. On Ratonneau you can see the Neoclassical chapel, and the Hôpital Caroline, designed by architect Penchaud, where in centuries gone by, those who had contracted yellow fever were kept in quarantine before being allowed access to the city. Take time to appreciate the unrestricted, breathtaking view of Marseilles - a vantage point that only the islands can offer!
Eglise de la Trinité-La Pelud, consecrated in 1829, is a former convent. Today it serves the Catholic community of Marseille, and occasionally stages classical and choral concerts.
Palais des Arts is located near the Old Port in downtown Marseille. Built by Espérandieu, this building looks stunning with its renaissance look and high ceilings and big windows. Today the building is used by the Conservatoire National de Région and the Regards de Provence for holding exhibitions and a number of cultural events.
Built in 1535 for the wives of Cabre, this is the oldest house in Marseilles. The main part of the Medieval residence was destroyed in the devastation of 1943. As a result, you will notice a mixture of styles incorporating both Gothic and Renaissance style of architecture. The Hôtel de Cabre is situated in the old town, near Rue de la République (one of Marseilles' largest streets dating back to Imperial times) and the Vieux-Port.
This solemn Protestant church was built in 1825. Today, it still hosts a protestant congregation as well as occasional concerts. Call for details.
Les 3 Mages is an extremely well-stocked children's library. There is a good selection of books for children of all ages, catering for all areas of interest. There are books for beginners, beautiful volumes of fairy tales, cartoons, and literature: reading materials which are both fun and educational. Teenagers will also find an engaging collection that is sure to pique their interest.