The Château Borély was named after the family who built it. Louis Borély was a rich merchant whose desire was to build a bastide (vast and majestic houses typical of Provence) on the rural domain of Bonneveine.
An ambitious man but also excessive as Louis Borély wanted his house to be the most beautiful and richest of all Marseille bastides. More, he wanted it to be acknowledged as a « true castle ». Coming back from Égypte with even more money, he started his project in 1767. But he died a year later. His son continued his work.
Inside, the decoration is rich of trompe-l’œil, shades, compositions with mythological subjects.
The bastide stayed with the Borély family until the 19th Century, when it is given to the city. It will be home to the Musée d’archéologie until 1989 which then will be transferred to the Vieille Charité. In 2013, the Musée des Arts décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode takes the building.
The Borély castle is surrounded by a parc of 17 hectares called by the same name. It is Marseille most popular park, with different gardens (an English, a French, a botanic and a rose gardens). The sea is also just nearby.
Tips & Anecdotes
As you will see, the parc Borély is the ideal place for sport activities like running, biking, roller… You can rent bikes, small boats and more.
134 Avenue Clôt Bey, 13008 Marseille
Park: all along the year 6am-9pm
Museum: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm
- Permanent exhibitions: full price 5€ / reduced price ticket 3€
Free access to permanent exhibitions every first Sunday of the month.
- Musée Borély + Jardin Botanique, ticket : full 6€/ reduced price 3€
- Jardin botanique only: full 3€ / reduced price 1,50€
HOW TO GET TO THERE?
- Station Prado Borély
- Station Mendes France Huveaune
- Station Rond-Point du Prado (line 2)
Parc Borély Stop (lines 19, 44 ou 83)