Marseille: Le Panier and the MuCEM

The old harbor waterfront

The old harbor waterfront

On April 21 and 22, 2016, I went on a two-day Marseille photo trip with my friend Didier. I took the train from Cannes to Marseille where Didier picked me up at the main station. Our intention was to first visit the MuCEM, the museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations. When we got there around 10 a.m., we found that the museum did not open until an hour later.

Rather than wait, we decided to rearrange our schedule and head for Le Panier, the oldest part of Marseille where the first Greek settlement was established around 600 B.C. It is an extremely picturesque area and also home to the impressive La Vieille Charité, an almshouse built in the 17th Century. It has been converted to a cultural center that includes three museums.

After visiting Marseille Cathedral, Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure, Didier drove us all the way to Les Goudes in the southwest of Marseille. There, we had an excellent seafood lunch at Chez Paul before heading back to town and the MuCEM. We did not have enough time to see any exhibits, but we explored this amazing glass cube wrapped in a lattice of...what? Didier was convinced that it was concrete and I was equally sure that it was metal. In the end, we both agreed that it was metal. The truth is that Didier had been right all along: the material is fiber-reinforced concrete. We concluded the day in the rain on top of Fort Saint Jean which is connected to the MuCEM by a footbridge.

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The square in front of the MuCEM At 10 a.m. the MuCEM was still closed

The square in front of the MuCEM

At 10 a.m. the MuCEM was still closed


Colorful shutters in the 'Traverse Fontaine de Caylus' Street Art on the 'Rue des Repenties'

Colorful shutters in the Traverse Fontaine de Caylus

Street Art on the Rue des Repenties


The UndARTground art gallery Looking down the 'Rue des Repenties' School's out!

The UndARTground art gallery

Looking down the Rue des Repenties

School's out!


The old streets are a symphony of colors 'Rue Puits Baussenque' Steps to the 'Place des Moulins'

The old streets are a symphony of colors

Rue Puits Baussenque

Steps to the Place des Moulins


Walking up the 'Rue des Repenties' On the 'Place Jean-Claude Izzo'

Walking up the Rue des Repenties

On the Place Jean-Claude Izzo


On the 'Rue du Refuge' 'Place des Moulins'

On the Rue du Refuge

Place des Moulins


The courtyard of 'La Vieille Charité'... ...a 17th century almshouse turned museum and cultural center.

The courtyard of La Vieille Charité...

...a 17th century almshouse turned museum and cultural center.


On the first floor of 'La Vieille Charité' On the first floor of 'La Vieille Charité' On the first floor of 'La Vieille Charité'

On the first floor of La Vielle Charité

On the first floor of La Vielle Charité

On the first floor of La Vielle Charité


The baroque chapel Looking towards the entrance Egyptian jewelry...

The baroque chapel

Looking towards the entrance

Egyptian jewelry...


...and hieroglyphics in the museum of mediterranean archeology. The 19th century frieze of the chapel and the Corinthian columns

...and hieroglyphics in the museum of mediterranean archeology.

The 19th century frieze of the chapel and the Corinthian columns


At 'La Vieille Charité' At 'La Vieille Charité'

At La Vieille Charité

At La Vieille Charité


On the 'Traverse de la Charité' 'Le bar des 13 coins'

On the Traverse de la Charité

Le bar des 13 coins


A new coat of paint 'Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure' One of the massive cathedral doors

A new coat of paint

Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure

One of the massive cathedral doors


Inside the 'Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure' Elaborate Corinthian columns on the outside

Inside the Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure

Elaborate Corinthian columns on the outside


On the way to lunch: 'Place Joseph Étienne' Lunch at 'Chez Paul'. Great food and look at the view from our table!

On the way to lunch: Place Joseph Étienne

Lunch at Chez Paul. Great food and look at the view from our table!


The MuCEM from the entrance to the old harbor The MuCEM is wrapped into a latticework of fiber-reinforced concrete

The MuCEM from the entrance to the old harbor

The MuCEM is wrapped into a latticework of fiber-reinforced concrete


Looking from inside the MuCEM across the harbor entrance Using the gently inclined ramps...

Looking from inside the MuCEM across the harbor entrance

Using the gently inclined ramps...


...one can climb all the way up to... ...the café and relaxation area on the roof.

...one can climb all the way up to...

...the café and relaxation area on the roof.


By means of a footbridge, one gets to the top of 'Fort St. Jean' Looking across the harbor entrance to the 'Palais du Pharo'

By means of a footbridge, one gets to the top of Fort St. Jean

Looking across the harbor entrance to the Palais du Pharo


Looking into the old harbor This giant sculpture of three heads opens up into a puppet theater!

Looking into the old harbor

This giant sculpture of three heads opens up into a puppet theater!


The photos on this page were taken on April 21, 2016.
Visit this page for photos of the second day in Frioul.
See this page for Marseille photos taken in May of 2015.




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