Second largest town in France in terms of inhabitants, Marseille is a city located in the heart of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, in the department of Bouches-du-Rhone. Seat of the metropolis Aix-Marseille-Provence, it takes place between the massif of Estaque and that of Etoile, not far from Cassis and Aix-en-Provence.
Also the oldest city in France, the ancient Massalia was founded in 600 BC by Phoenicians from Greece. Important port of trade in antiquity, Marseille still remains today the first French port. Since its origins, the Mediterranean city has enjoyed an important cosmopolitan atmosphere, thanks to its openness to the Middle East, Southern Europe and North Africa. This mixture is found everywhere in the architectural and cultural heritage of the city.
Internationally renowned, the town of Marseille is now famous for its tourist sites, but also by its football team, the Marseille Olympics, which has fans all over the world. The proximity to the Big Blue, the Mediterranean Sea, offers a new tourist attraction to this sunny and rich city in a good mood.
The architectural heritage of Marseille reflects all the epochs that marked the history of this great city of the Mediterranean world.
Religious buildings are not lacking in Marseille, starting with the very famous Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. Perched on the heights of the city, the latter offers a 360 ° panorama to its visitors, allowing to admire all the most beautiful landscapes around. Founded in 1214, it was quickly an important pilgrimage site for sailors. Inside, one can admire a real masterpiece of polychromy inspired by Byzantine culture, as well as a beautiful silver statue on the high altar. The Good Mother, perched atop the bell tower, has protected the whole city since 1869.
Major, the cathedral of the city, replaced the Old Major, a church dating from the twelfth century. The present building was built in the second half of the 19th century and reveals a beautiful alternation of green and white stones on its façade. In the Byzantine style, the interior harmoniously blends the colors of the stones of Florence, Carrara marble or Tunisian onyx, all adorned with monumental mosaics. In the town, you will also discover the Saint-Laurent church of Provençal Romanesque style, or the Saint-Victor abbey and its parts dating from the 11th century.
Several forts, which formerly served to protect Marseille, are still visible, like that of Saint-Jean. It opens today to the public with the organization of exhibitions proposed by the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean. Classified as Historic Monuments, Fort Saint-Nicolas, still occupied by the army, was built, like the previous one, under the orders of Louis XIV.
As you walk through the city, you will also have the opportunity to admire beautiful 19th century mansions, such as the Palace of the Pharo built for the Empress Eugenie or the buildings of the Rue de la République which connects the Old Port In the Joliette district.
Built in 1862, the Longchamp Palace, classified and listed in the Historic Monuments, deserves a detour. It includes a water tower, as well as two important museums. The Museum of Fine Arts unveils collections of paintings, sculptures and other drawings from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, while the Museum of Natural History, classified as a museum in France, offers more than 80,000 specimens of animals or 200,000 specimens plants. The latter are presented in four themed rooms, including the one in Provence, listed in the Historical Monuments for its frescoes painted by Raphaël Ponson.
Museums are not lacking in Marseille, which includes no fewer than 26 cultural sites. Opened in 2013, the MuCEM, Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, is one of the most important. Located on the sea, it offers the old collections of the museum of arts and folk traditions of Paris, now closed. You can also discover the history museum of Marseille, which reveals the city's past, the museum of contemporary art, or the Cantini Museum, which also offers collections of modern and contemporary art.
Rich in interest, the natural heritage of Marseille also deserves attention, especially the famous calanques, the first peri-urban national park in Europe. In the Phocaean city, several parks open their doors, like the park Borély, or that of the beaches of Prado which overlook the Mediterranean Sea.
Marseille has several markets located all over the city. You can discover a flower market from Monday to Saturday, in the morning, a farmers' market from September to June on Mondays, or weekly markets taking place every day of the week. Marseille also offers a Christmas market in December.
World Music Forum, Babel Med Music is organized in March.
In April or May, the Reflets festival highlights the lesbian, gay, bi and trans cinema with its varied and varied cultural activities.
The international dance festival of Marseille is held between June and July.
Every year, in early July, Marseille hosts its international film festival with screenings and other conferences.
In July, Marseille Jazz of the five continents inflames the park of the palace of Longchamp.
In September, Marsatac offers electronic music concerts.
Organized by the pupils of the Central School of Marseille, the Massiliades festival offers concerts of contemporary music.
September in Sea proposes to appreciate large maritime parades.
Festival of world music, the Fiesta of the South takes place in October.
International Fair of Marseille
- From 24 september to 4 october 2021
- Le Parc des Expositions, Parc Chanot, Rond-point Du Prado
- The main dedicated spaces are: the house (Furniture and Decoration Salon, Living Room, Eco Energies Space, Service center, tips of the household and DIY), the outdoors (around the pool and around the garden), gastronomy, international, trends (decoration, beauty, health...), animations, institutions.
Universal History of Marseille
- From 30 september to 2 october 2021
- 1 Rue Mission de France, Théâtre de l'Oeuvre
- Universal history of Marseille by the collective Manifest Rien - According to Alèssi Dell'Umbria (Agone Editions) - "My city is accelerating ! ", Marseille moves. The city was sold to unscrupulous owners and developers while buildings collapsed, thousands of Marseillais were dislodged and construction sites refused by the population continued to flourish. - But is this news really new ? Or is it not rather the continuation of an authoritarian, vertical and segregative construction and urbanization of the city ? In the 13th century, the Marseille Republic was crushed by Charles of Anjou ; in the 16th century, the ligueur Charles de Casaulx was assassinated by order of the king ; in the 17th century, Louis 14 besieged Marseille and installed cannons turned towards the people of Marseille ! - And what about the destruction of the city center in the 19th and 20th centuries ! From the year 1000 to today, the words and wishes of the people of Marseille have been punished with political and urban projects that still endure. It is time to look back to understand what is at stake now. - "The merit of passing a scholarly text in all simplicity ! » Caesar - "A remarkable performer, Virginie Aimone embodies this Marseille resistance. » Sable - "Why do the children of immigrants feel so strongly attached to their city ? So many questions and affects that answer this show " Men & Migrations - "The feat is held: 50 minutes to tell 800 pages, a dozen centuries and a universal story. "Marseille International - Adaptation: Virginie Aimone & Jeremy Beschon / Director: J. Beschon / Actress: V. Aimone / Lighting designer: Fabrice Giovansili / Lighting designer: Jean Louis Floro
Akimatsuri, the Festival of Autumn
- From 2 to 3 october 2021
- Allée Borély, Jardin Botanique - Parc Borély
- The 2021 edition is also the occasion to celebrate a double anniversary: that of the 60 years of the twinning of Marseille with the city of Kobe and that of the 10 years of the Japanese Garden. To complete this double celebration, the Salle Bailli de Suffren at the Hôtel de Ville hosts the exhibition of arts and crafts of Clair Paris - from September 27 to October 3. - The Japanese Garden of Borély Park will be animated from 10h to 18h on October 2nd and 3rd by a dedicated program : - A succession of workshops and demonstrations essential for amateurs and initiates: tea ceremony, martial arts, kyudo (archery), Iaido for sword lovers, cosplay parade or singing… - The Japanese garden, the pergola area, the garden of the Villa Rose or the tropical greenhouse of the botanical garden are the place of the various demonstrations. - The Kamishibai (a typical Japanese traveling theater where artists parade illustrations in front of spectators) is to be discovered at the tea pavilion. - Not to mention the dining area to discover ajito, mecha uma or other okaasan. - All animations and demonstrations are completely free and open access, in order to make (re) discover Japanese culture to visitors. - The Japanese Garden is a place of relaxation and serenity. There are all the elements of the traditional Japanese garden (Kare sansui, tea pavilion, pond, rocks, streams...). Its vegetation consists of about twenty different species of trees and more than 100 species of shrubs and perennials, all native to Japan. It also symbolizes the cooperation between the cities of Marseille and Kobe, thanks to a twinning oath established in 1961 in several sectors such as culture, green spaces, natural hazards and youth. - Fruit of the partnership between the Consulate General of Japan and the City of Marseille, the Fête de l'automne brings together a large number of visitors and volunteers from Marseille associations. - Autumn festival - "Akimatsuri" - Japanese Garden of Borély Park - Free entry-compulsory sanitary pass - Information: +33 4 91 16 81 81