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  • Address: 58 Boulevard Charles Livon, Marseille 13007, France

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Palais du Pharo

Wouldn't it be nice to be a prince, to be able to go to seaside town, decide you liked it and wouldn't mind having a little holiday home there, then have the city give you the prime location on the waterfront to build your palace? Welcome to the mid-19th century world of Prince-President Louis-Napoleon. In September 1852, he visited Marseille, said he liked it, was given the Pharo headland overlooking Vieux Port and Ile d'If, built the magnificent Palais du Pharo, then never even stayed there. Luckily his wife seems to have had a more generous nature and the Empress Eugenie gave it back to the city.

In 1904, the city of Marseille turned the building into a medical school. This necessitated some architectural changes and the balance of the building's appearance was altered losing some of its beauty. Since then, the building has been again modified to become a modern conference centre, with many of the auditoriums skillfully concealed underground below the forecourt. It also has restaurants and of course, those views.

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Marseille Shore Excursion: Half Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike, Marseille, null

Marseille Shore Excursion: Half Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike

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Specially designed for cruise passengers, this tour will show you the best of Marseille with free pick up and drop off from Marseille cruise terminal. You ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.80
Marseille Electric Bike Tour, Marseille, Ports of Call Tours

Marseille Electric Bike Tour

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See top Marseille attractions including Palais du Pharo (Napoleon’s Palace) and Notre-Dame de la Garde from an electric bike as your local guide shares the ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 3 or 4 hours

From USD $47.96

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