Located near the Vieux-Port and Le Panier historic quarter, the place de Lenche is said to be the oldest place of Marseille.
This place was named after a Corsican family who built on it a coral atelier, shops and a gorgeous hôtel particulier in the 16th Century. The edifice has been preserved and hosts the Théâtre de Lenche.
In olden times, rised the abbey of Les religieuses de Saint-Sauveur. There are no visible vestiges, a part from the Caves de Saint-Sauveur, which are historic monuments classified since 1840. We don’t know exactly their role. Some say it was a reservoir for the city, others think they were used as a storehouse for food like cereals.
With all its bars and restaurants, the place is very lively and pleasant. A beautiful bronze chest of Henri Tasso, mayor of Marseille between 1935 and 1939, rises on the place.
Tips & anecdotes
It is said that during the Greek period, the agora was located on the place.
On number 4, you will find one of the best ice cream shops of Marseille, “le Glacier du Roi”. Taste their homemade ice cream when the heat is too strong.
Place de Lenche, 13002 Marseille
HOW TO GET TO LENCHE PLACE ?
- Place de Lenche Stop (line 49)