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Centre de la Vieille Charite Tours

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Centre de la Vieille Charite

Designed by Marseillais architect Pierre Puget and constructed between 1671 and 1749, the 3-storey, arcaded courtyard of the Centre de la Vieille Charité wraps around Provence's most imposing Baroque church. Initially built as a charity shelter for the town's poor but it was more like a prison: 17th century France was tough. Chasse-gueux (beggar-hunters) were paid to round up the poor and put them into almshouses which were effectively workhouses. In 1736, the Centre housed 850, by 1760 it was 1059 but by 1781 it was less acceptable to imprison people just for being poor and the number dropped to 250.

Spared during the French Revolution and used as an asylum, the Centre then became a barracks, a soldiers' rest home and, later, low-cost housing for people who lost their homes during WWII, the stunning arched pink-stone courtyard of the Centre de la Vieille Charite now houses Marseille's beautiful Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne and Musee d'Arts Africains, Oceaniens & Amerindiens. The latter houses a diverse and often striking collection, including masks from the Americas, Africa and the Pacific.

Catch the underground train to Joliette.

Address: 2 rue de la Charité, Marseille 13002, France
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Marseille Old District : Private Walking Tour

Marseille Old District : Private Walking Tour

Discover the 2nd largest city in France ! Ideally designed for a first discovery, this visit brings together the must-see sites in 2 hours of stroll. Through this itinerary, the guide invites you to dive into the bubbling Phocaean city with its singing accents, the scents of bouillabaisse and pastis, not to mention the famous games of petanque! Go to the Old Port - the ideal starting point to get into the atmosphere - you will take the famous Canebière and discover the particularity of the Palais de la Bourse. You will continue your immersion in the Panier district - the historic heart of the city, a testimony to the past and small designer shops. You will end your tour in the new Mucem district. Possibility to tailor the tour according your interests. Please mention them at your booking. If you have a mobility issue, please let us know after you have made your reservation, so that we can adapt this tour to you.
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Classic Marseille discover & explore from Greeks to now - half day private tour

Classic Marseille discover & explore from Greeks to now - half day private tour

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Tour summary - Marseille the Greeks & Romans to the 21st Century Visit the oldest city in France, interesting angles and accents in this colourful Mediterranean port city - from Le Panier, the old town, la Vielle Charité, les terrasses du MuCEM and the gardens of Fort St Jean with its magnificent sea views. Discover 2,600 years history. This tour explores the entire area of the old port, revealing secrets on the way. Highlights Wander & discover hidden streets life of Le Panier, the oldest part of the city, artisanal life, galleries & artists. Visit 17th century Vielle Charité, modernist MuCEM museum, ancient fort & gardens of St Jean, the Cathédrale St Marie Majeur & Hotel Dieu. Enjoy the exceptional views across the bay and the city of Marseille. Discover the old port area of Marseille and experience the changes inflicted on the city in the 19th & 20th centuries.
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  • 3 hours
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Marseille Walking Tour

Marseille Walking Tour

Explore Marseille on foot and by public transport with a private professional guide-lecturer born in Marseille. The guide will be at your disposal for 2 hours and can always adapt the visit to your needs and your desires. We accept all group sizes from 2 to 50 people.
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Guided tour of Marseille

Guided tour of Marseille

Explore Marseille on foot and by public transport with our guide-speaker born in Marseille. The guide will be at your disposal for 2 hours and can always adapt the visit to your needs and your desires. We accept all group sizes from 2 to 50 people.
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Guided Tour in Marseille: Port & Old City

Guided Tour in Marseille: Port & Old City

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Marseille is the oldest port in the Mediterranean and the oldest city in France over 2600 years old! With such a rich history and a multitude of colorful faces, it is an exciting and vibrant city. From early barbaric tribes, the Phoenicians, the Romans, The Crusaders, to kings, Napoleons, the wars, battles, triumphs and her glorious ascent to the Capital of Provence and European Capital of Culture. Marseille, eternal.
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Historical visit to Le Panier Cradle in Marseille

Historical visit to Le Panier Cradle in Marseille

Popularized by a television series known throughout France, Le Panier is the oldest district in France. Its Mediterranean streets, its stones and its inhabitants take us in a history dating back more than 2,600 years. It is by letting yourself be guided through the heart of this rebel, lively and unique district that you will be able to capture all the authenticity of Marseille culture, past and present.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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