Marseille Off The Beaten Path

  • Abbaye Saint-Victor (Marseille, France)
    Abbaye Saint-Victor (Marseille, France)
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  • Art or vandalism?
    Art or vandalism?
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    Chateau d’If

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2012

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    Marseilles' bay is enclosed and protected by three offshore islands. The smallest, the Chateau d'If, is the best known.
    The island was fortified by Frangais I in 1524 to defend the approaches to Marseilles from an attack by sea.

    At the end of the 16th century, the work was completed by the walls which surround the island, a church and a guard house. Indeed well calculated and the Chateau d'If acted as deterrent by discouraging any potential attackers.

    In 1634, the Chateau d'If became a state prison. Assuch it received many famous prisoners including the brother of the King of Poland (1638), Mirabeau and many others.

    The most famous of all is doubtless Edmond Dantes, fictional hero of Alexandre Dumas' the "Count of Monte Cristo".
    These days fiction has become fact and his cell is open to visitors (a national monument since 1926)!

    You can watch my 2 min 59 sec Video Chateau d'If out of my Youtube channel.

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    watch world football cup games in Marseille

    by kimmars Written Jun 1, 2010

    If you are in Marseille during World football cup 2010, and want to watch games, I suggest if you really want to have fun to go on Place Notre Dame du Mont. All the cafés and restaurants there put out large TV screens on the terraces. It's like being in a stadium. especially when France is playing.

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    Shopping in Cours Julien area in Marseille

    by kimmars Written May 31, 2010

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    If you search for different items than standardized highstreet items, Cours Julien area is the place to go. you will find:

    - Local Fashion Designers
    - Fair Trade
    - Vintage clothing
    - Second hand bookshops
    - Market
    all are listed in the pdf guide book i have wriiten and that you can download for free on my blog

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    Abbaye Saint-Victor

    by Redang Updated Apr 27, 2010

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    The Abbaye Saint-Victor (Saint Victor Abbey) is a fortress-like that once belonged to an abbey founded in the 5th century and was built between the 11th and 14th century.

    Where: 3, Rue De l'Abbaye 13007 Marseille
    - Fax : (+33) 04 96 11 22 61

    Abbaye Saint-Victor (Marseille, France) Abbaye Saint-Victor (Marseille, France)

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    A taste of Madagascar in Marseille

    by bisous333 Updated May 20, 2008

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    My friend that I stayed with is Malagasy and also with my impending mission to the country in Ocotber, I couldn't resist the chance to have a taste of the country by venturing to this rather fascinating Malagasy shop in the older town area of Marseille.

    The owner spoke for a looong time with my friend in Malagche, so she had to translate after we left. It's got all you may be interested in, food, games, artefacts, toys, books to learn Malagache, maps, flags, whatever you'd expect from a shop that gave you a real taste of a country.

    After my visit there, I became more excited about my upcoming mission.

    The shop front Inside a Malagasy shop in Marseille So many wild and wonderful things to see More of inside the shop
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    Aix

    by albert34 Written Dec 15, 2007

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    Instead of travelling by train,the bus (navette) from Saint Charles bus station in Marseille is cheaper,twice quicker and more frequent.
    This picture shows the popular confectioner's La Cure Gourmande in Place de l'Hotel de Ville.There is another shop of La C.Gourmande in Marseille,19 rue La Canebière.

    Place Hotel de Ville

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    La Cité Radieuse, the landscape

    by JLBG Written Jan 7, 2006

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    From the terrace of La Cité Radieuse, you have an unobstructed view on the whole city.

    The first photo shows the southwards view towards the city center, the Vieux-Port and the open sea.

    The second photo shows the view southwestwards with the islands in the background.

    The third photo shows the southeastwards view.

    The last photo shows the northeastwards view, inland.

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    La Cité Radieuse, the terrace

    by JLBG Written Jan 7, 2006

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    A terrace tops the whole building. Anybody can go and visit it, with its gorgeous landscape. I suppose there are not many visitors, otherwise, it would not remain as a free access !

    Everything is made of raw concrete and the facilities (air exhaust, central heating, etc…) are used as element of the décor. There is a small swimming pool, empty but we were in December. There is also a meeting room (second photo).

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    La Cité Radieuse, School !

    by JLBG Written Jan 7, 2006

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    As the Cité Radieuse was thought as a unit of living, there was a school. I do not know what classes existed in the beginning but now, there seem to be only a nursery school, at the last level. Just over, on the terrace, there is a ply ground. I am not sure it is still in use. On the 22nd of December, it was really cold and the wind was strong ! Not the best place for a play ground !

    La Cit�� Radieuse, School !
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    La Cité Radieuse, the shops, bar and restaurant

    by JLBG Written Jan 7, 2006

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    The Cité Radieuse was thought as a unit of living and it should have been possible to live entirely inside, not having to go outside. The third and fourth levels were shopping malls. There were all kinds of shops. Along the time, most have closed and are now apartments. They have closed at the same time than, in the city centers, small proximity shops have closed as people preferred more and more to make their shopping in supermarkets, on the outskirts of the cities.

    In the Cité Radieuse remain only a "Boulangerie Patisserie" (Baker and Pastry shop) that embalms the air with baking bread scents and a hotel, restaurant and bar. Look at my hotel tip and at my restaurant tip.

    The bar works as a small city bar, with regular visitors. The restaurant has not many customers (on our visit, we were the only ones) but every week-end, they organize special events. The owners and managers live in the building and are obviously great admirers of Le Corbusier. There are a lot of Le Corbusier data, books, etc on display in the bar.

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    La Cité Radieuse, the streets

    by JLBG Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    At each level, the "streets" are much wider than corridors and permanently lit. The walls are either covered with wood (first photo) or made of rough concrete or of "granito" (small pebbles embedded in the concrete but showing) (second photo).

    Letterboxes are not all together at the ground level as usually but at each level, at the end of the "street"

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    La Cité Radieuse, the principles

    by JLBG Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    The lobby of the building can be visited. A poster reminds the basic principles of its structure. "In the living unit, apartments are grouped by pairs, fitting one into the other tête-bêche along corridors called inside streets… The typical apartment is built on 2 levels, as a house. The living room is full height (4.80 m) with a 3.66 m glass window that gives an unobstructed view on the landscape.

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    Rough concrete building on legs !

    by JLBG Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    Le Corbusier was a Swiss and French architect, leader of the International Style of architecture, born October 6, 1887, died August 27, 1965. His architectural theory of the ideal house was a "machine for living".

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    The whole building is built on strong reinforced concrete legs that give it an aerial look though the general look is very massive, with extensive use of concrete, without any unnecessary adornments. Le Corbusier is one of the main instigators of modern, functional architecture.

    Le Corbusier was the first who dared using raw concrete as a décor of its own. Of course, the formworks have to be especially good looking so that the figure of the boards will make an artwork, without anything added. This is now something widely admitted and practiced but in 1952, that was often considered as shocking !

    Rough concrete building on legs ! Rough concrete building on legs ! Rough concrete building on legs !
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    Le Corbusier, La Cité Radieuse

    by JLBG Updated Jan 17, 2005

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    Designed by Le Corbusier after World War II and completed in 1952, the "Unité d'habitation" in Marseille, France was envisioned as a "machine for living in." When it was built, the people in Marseille called it "la maison du fada" (the house of the cracked one) !

    One level of the building is now a hotel. Look at my hotel tip.

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    Little chapel

    by JLBG Written Dec 27, 2004

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    In the same district (possibly Mazargues) and a few minutes later, I felt that this small isolated, unknown and unnamed (at least for me !) chapel made a quiet and peaceful end for that little architectural trip.

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