Marseille highlights : The MUCEM

The MUCEM : a must-see in Marseille

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) in Marseille is a cultural landmark that showcases the rich history and diversity of Mediterranean civilizations. Open in 2013, it’s probably the most famous museum of the city. The museum is located at the entrance of the Old Port next to the Joliette and Panier districts. The MUCEM is housed in two places : The Fort Saint-Jean : an historic fort dating back to the 12th century and the J4 Building Designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti in collaboration with Roland Carta, the J4 building is a stunning example of contemporary architecture.

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Fort Saint-Jean in Marseille, Provence, France

The MUCEM collections illustrate the diverse cultures and histories of the Mediterranean region. The museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions cover various themes like the birth of Agriculture and its impact of Mediterranean societies, the Trade and Exchange that have shaped the region over centuries, the Religions and Beliefs of Mediterranean civilizations and also the Migration and Identity of differents people in the Mediterranean basin accross the time.

The MUCEM offers a wide range of cultural and educational programs, including guided tours, workshops, lectures, and film screenings.

The museum complex includes several outdoor spaces that are open to the public. The Fort Saint-Jean gardens, with their Mediterranean flora, offer a peaceful retreat and stunning views of the Old Port and the sea. The J4 esplanade is a popular spot for relaxation.

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Around the MUCEM : The Panier district and the Major Basilica

The MUCEM is located next to the Panier district and the Major Basilica which is one of  most famous church of Marseille. 

The Panier district is the oldest district of Marseille. It is the historic heart of Marseille, dating back to the city’s founding by the Greeks around 600 BC. Over the centuries, it has been home to a diverse population, including Greek, Romand and later, immigrant communities. Le Panier is renowned for its vibrant street art. There are a lot of streets with colorful murals and graffiti that reflects the area’s artistice and bohemian spirit. 

Don’t forget to walk behind the Maison Diamantée. One of the oldest houses in Marseille dating back to the 16th century. It is name adter the diamond-shaped stones that cover its facade and now serves a cultural heritage site.

The Marseille Cathedral is commonly known as the Major Basilica is one of the most impressive and historically significant landmarks in Marseille. It’s a striking example of Romano-Byzantine architecture. It’s a style that combines elements of Roman and Byzantine design. The basilica was designed by architects Léon Vaudoyer and Henri-Jacques Espérandieu and was constructed between 1852 and 1896.

The cathedral is enormous, measuring 142 meters in leenght and 70 meters in height. The interior of the Major is impressive vith intricate mosaics, marble statues and beautiful frescoes. 

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