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  • Marseille

    p=. !http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss115/Black_Vulmea/700pixelMarseillemap.jpg! h3. Private residences * Hôtel de Valbelle * Hôtel de Cabre h3. Churches * [[Cathédrale Sainte Marie Majeure de Marseille]] - "The Major," seat of the Bishop …

  • Vieux Port

    Originally known as the Lacydon, the narrow cove with its imposing promontories and a convenient supply of fresh water became the site of the original Greek settlement of Massalia over two millenia ago. The port of Marseille is one of the busiest in …

  • Château d'If

    Located on one of the [[îles de Frioul]], a little more than a kilometer off the city of [[Marseille]], the Château d'If is an imposing fortress and notorious prison. The fortress, completed in 1531, was built by order of King François I, ostensibly to …

  • Tour de Saint Jean

    Located on the north side of the _[[Vieux Port]]_, overlooking the entrance to the cove, is the tour de Saint-Jean. Built in the 12th century, this small fortress is a commandery of the [[Holy Order of Saint John of Jerusalem | Knights of Saint John]] …

  • Arsenal des Galères

    The arsenal of the French galley squadron is located at the head of the _[[Vieux Port]]_ in Marseille. Galleys are constructed using prefabricated pieces at the arsenal and the prisoners who man the oars are housed here as well. The arsenal was …

  • Tour d'Horloge

    The municipal clock-tower is locaed atop the Panetier. Its chimes can be heard throughout the city. The alleys surrounding the tour d'Horloge are a favorite dueling spot for Marseillais.

  • Maison de Ville

    Situated on the _[[Vieux Port]]_, the city hall, also known as the Palais Communal, houses the chambers of the consuls (aldermen) and the town council and merchants' chamber of commerce for Marseille. The consuls' chambers are located on the second floor …

  • Notre Dame de la Garde

    The highest point overlooking the city of Marseille became the site of a small chapel built in the 13th century dedicated to the Virgin Mary, "Our Lady of the Watch" (_Notre Dame de la Garde_), the traditional Catholic protector of seafarers. In the …

  • Église Notre Dame des Accoules

    Legend holds the the church of Our Lady of Accoules was built on the site of a temple to the Roman goddess Minerva, near the site of a spring which supplied freshwater to the [[Vieux Port | Lacydon]]. Originally a chapel of the convent of the sisters of …

  • Abbaye Saint Victor de Marseille

    The [[Benedictines | Benedictine]] abbey of Saint Victor is a venerable Church institution in Marseille. The first abbey of Saint Victor was built on the south side of the [[Vieux Port | Old Port]] in the fifth century. The abbey became an important …

  • Cathédrale Sainte Marie Majeure de Marseille

    !>http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss115/Black_Vulmea/CATHDR1.jpg! The Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure, known simply as "the Major" (_la Majeure_) to most Marseillais, is the seat of the diocese of Marseille. The first church constructed on the site …

  • Église Saint Laurent pres Les Moulins

    Located immediately adjacent to the [[Tour de Saint Jean | Tour de Saint Jean]] along the waterfront of the city, overlooking the roads of Marseille, the church of Saint Laurent is the parish most frequented by the fisherman and sailors of Marseille.

  • Petit Maseau

    Originally built by the Romans, the Petit Maseau is the smaller of the two butchers' markets in Marseille. Located amidst the upscale neighborhood near the [[Maison de Ville]], the butchers here offer the best cuts of meat available in the city.

  • Grand Maseau

    The Grand Maseau is Roman butchers' market (_macellum_) still in use centuries after its construction. Located in a community of tradesman, the cuts offered at the Grand Maseau tend to be of merely average quality.

  • La Pesquarie

    The Marseille fish market bustles daily as the wives of the local fishermen sell the catch both to Marseillais and to carters from other towns across Provence. The demand for fish in the devoutly Catholic province ensures a steady clientage for the …

  • Le Grand Puits

    Once known as the Jewish fountain due to its proximity to the formerly thriving Jewish community of Marseille, the aqueduct-fed fountain simply became "big" after the Jews were officially expelled from the city.

  • Place des Vivaut

    This square carries the name of the Vivaut family, one of the most influential in Marseille in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It is a popular rendezvous for young lovers, but it also attracts an unruly element at times.

  • Place Neufue

    Created by the removal of a block of old buildings, the "New Plaza" serves as a local gathering point for official and unofficial functions in the city of Marseille. The center of the square is occupied by a large stone fountain.

  • Couvent de Saint Saveur

    Constructed shortly after the [[Abbaye Saint Victor de Marseille | abbey of Saint Victor]], the nunnery of the Holy Savior overlooks the [[Place de Lenche]]. The convent was historically quite important; many convents across France were established by …

  • Religieuses de Sion

    Formerly the hospital of the confraternity of Saint Jacques de Gallicia, this monastery and hospital now serves the indigent of Marseille under the care of the Sisters of Sion. The Sisters of Sion is an order composed of Jewish women who converted to …

  • Place de Lenche

    The Place de Lenche, located immediately adjacent to the venerable [[Couvent de Saint Saveur | Couvent de Saint Saveur]], is named for the family de Lenche. Originally known as the Linci, the Corsican Lenche family established the [[Magnifique Compagnie …

  • Place d'Accoules

    Located immediately adjacent to the [[Église Notre Dame des Accoules | Église Notre Dame des Accoules]], this is the traditionl main market square of Marseille. It is much smaller than its counterpart in other cities, such as [[Les Halles]] in Paris, in …

  • Îles du Frioul

    !>http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss115/Black_Vulmea/ilesdufriouledramatic.jpg! This archipelago of four islands is situated just off the coast of [[Marseille]]. The islands shelter the port from the Mediterranean and serve as bastions protecting …

  • Le Bon Roi René

    The most prestigious gentlemen’s club in [[Marseille | Marseille]], _Le Bon Roi René_ (Good King René) was established in 1587 on the [[Place de Lenche]] by members of that Corsican family. The club is frequented by the port-city's elites. The club is …

  • Banco del Giro

    Established in [[1619]], the Venetian _Banco del Giro_ manages debt for the Serene Republic, selling bonds (partite) for the state and disbursing interest; because the bank is backed by the Republic, it is increasingly popular with merchants and …

  • École Desbordes

    Named for the Lorrainois swordmaster, André Desbourdes, author of the 1610 fencing treatise _Discours de la théorie et de la pratique de l'excellence des armes_, the École Desbordes _salle d'armes_ is located across from the [[Place des Vivaut]] in [[ …

  • Scuola di Cavalcabo

    The _salle d'armes_ of the Scuola di Cavalcabo is situated a short distance from the [[Place de Lenche]] in [[Marseille]]. Named for Girolamo Cavalcabo, a Bolognese fencing master who published a treatise translated as _Manuel d'un maitre Bolognais, …

  • The Saracen Club

    Founded in the 15th century, the Saracen's Head was a popular [[Marseille]] tavern overlooking the city's bustling [[Vieux Port | port]]. In 1612, the owners decided to make the tavern a private club; the decision attracted stiff resistance from many in …

  • Lo Trobador Espanyolo

    The colorful sign of the Spanish Troubadour tavern is well-known among the [[Marseille | Marseillais]]: a knock-kneed musician in a floppy hat with a long plume in his face, holding a broken lute. The regular clientele of the tavern reflects the residents …

  • Le Coquillage

    Situated near both the [[Vieux Port | port]] of [[Marseille]] and the [[Tour de Saint Jean | hospitaller commandery]], the Seashell was originally constructed in the thirteenth century by the comtes de Brienne as a hostel for pilgrims journeying to the …

  • Le Grosse Aiguille

    The Sail-Needle is located near the [[Vieux Port | port]] of [[Marseille]] and the [[Chambre de commerce de Marseille | bourse]]; the sign is a meter-long iron needle suspended over the door. This expansive tavern caters to the captains and pilots of the …

  • Taverne Trencavel

    Located in the Upper City, Trencavel's Tavern enjoys the least savory reputation of all such establishments in [[Marseille]]. The tavern is large but dimly lit and dirty, the packed earth floors strewn with refuse, and thronged day and night by cutthroats …

  • Auberge de la Reine Jeanne

    p=. !http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss115/Black_Vulmea/QueenJoanInn.jpg! Located in the Lower City, the Queen Joan Inn was built in the fourteenth century and named for the reigning monarch of the kingdom of Naples. It is arguably the most elegant …

  • Le Tonneau de Vin

    p=. !http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss115/Black_Vulmea/auberge7withsoldiers.jpg! A modest establishment situated near the [[Petit Maseau]], the Wine Barrel is popular with [[Marseille | Marseillais]] craftsmen and merchants; the tavern is also …

  • Lo Diable

    !>http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss115/Black_Vulmea/Molenaer_amorous-couple-2.jpg! Located in the Upper City, Lo Diable is a [[Marseille | Marseillais]] tavern frequented by bravos, cutpurses, gamblers, and streetwalkers. Owing to the nature of …

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