Campaign of the Month: August 2011
Le Ballet de l'Acier
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 and may only be accessed by an exterior stairway, maintaining a physical as well as aesthetic separation from the business of the council and the chamber of commerce housed on the ground floor. The ground floor also functions as the stock exchange (bourse) for the city of Marseille.
It is often the site of demonstrations by the fractious political factions of the city.