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  • Address: Blvd Philippon, Marseille 13004, France
  • Hours: Open Tues-Sun. Closed holidays.
  • Admission: Free

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Palais Longchamp

The colonnaded Palais de Longchamp, constructed in the 1860s, was designed in part to disguise a château d'eau (water tower) at the terminus of an aqueduct from the River Durance. The building of this water storage and the associated canals and aqueducts was a major turning point in the history of Marseille as it allowed the city to expand, building new districts. One of these was the Boulevard Longchamp, laid out by the city then developed by private business people who profited from providing a grand boulevard of similarly styled, gracious houses.

In the Palais itself, the 2 wings house Marseille's oldest museum, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle, which have extensive displays of the arts and the sciences respectively. Its lovely gardens with lakes, fountains, waterfalls - not surprisingly water features heavily! - and a children's playground and carousel are a good spot for bored children.

Practical Info

To reach Palais Longchamp, catch the underground train to Cinq Avenues Longchamp or the tramway Longchamp.
Also take a walk along Boulevard Longchamp and admire the rich architecture.

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Marseille City Pass

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As a tourist and cultural passport, the Marseille City Pass is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. This pass is dedicated to individual visitors who wish to discover ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 24, 48 or 72 hours

From USD $26.06

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