In centuries gone by, it was in the square of Pavillon Daviel (the former Law Courts), that the guillotine awaited its ... More
In centuries gone by, it was in the square of Pavillon Daviel (the former Law Courts), that the guillotine awaited its victims. The building was constructed by the Gerard brothers between 1743 and 1747, using pink stone from the quarries of neighbouring village Couronne on the Côte Bleue. The magnificent wrought iron balcony, with decorative panels à la marguerite was the work of sculptor Verdiguier. The sculptures depict the hand of Justice, the torch of Themis, the King's weapons, cherubs (sadly damaged during the Revolution), the Tables of the Law and Marseilles' coat of arms which is held up by children. For 130 years, all city tribunals took place here, later being used only for civil inquiries. Today, the building houses an annexe of the town hall.
This sandy beach, complete with volleyball nets, is situated on the J.F. Kennedy coastal road. The CLPJ (Leisure Centre for
Young People) organizes a number of water sports and other activities here for teenagers between the ages of 13 ...
Situated at the entrance to the Vieux Port on the south bank, Fort Saint Nicolas was built on the orders
of the "Sun King" Louis XIV, according to a radial design plan by the chevalier de Clerville in the ...
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, ...