Le Coquillage

Situated near both the port of Marseille and the hospitaller commandery, the Seashell was originally constructed in the thirteenth century by the comtes de Brienne as a hostel for pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land. The hostel fell into disuse by the fourteenth century, however, and for a time housed hospitaller sergeants-at-arms. In the sixteenth century, the then-vacant building was leased by the order as a tavern and inn, in which use it remains today.

The Seashell is solidly built of limestone blocks, decorated with carved scallop shells both inside and out; legend holds that the seashells, the symbol of the Way of Saint James and not pilgrims bound for Outremer, were carved by mistake by a pious but confused stonecutter.

The Seashell’s common room attracts local fishermen and craftsman primarily, while its small complement of guest rooms may house visitors to the commandery.


Le Coquillage

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