Built in the middle of the 18th Century, the Pavillon Daviel rises on the place Bargemon next to the Hôtel de ville (town hall), where the Palais de justice (city court hall) used to be. When visiting Le Panier, stop at this edifice to admire its architecture.
The edifice was named after Jacques Daviel, the ophthalmologist and surgeon of King Louis XV. It was built with pink stones from the quarries of la Couronne (from the Côte bleue). On its façade, just above the city’s insignia, you can see an allegoric pediment with sculptures representing Justice. The first floor is decorated with a gorgeous balcony.
The Pavillon Daviel used to be a court hall for about 120 years. It became too small and another one was built on place Monthyon. The Pavillon Daviel then became home to the school of Medicine. Today it is used by the town hall (l’Hôtel de Ville) and is located just next to it and the place Bargemon.
Tips & Anecdotes
At the Pavillon Daviel foot, there is a place (Daviel) where people sentenced to death by guillotine were executed. During the Révolution, the sentences were given on the Pavillon’s balcony. You will understand why the street nearby is called “rue de la Prison”!
On the square of l’Hôtel-Dieu, you will notice a bronze chest, it represents Jacques Daviel.
Place Daviel, 13002 Marseille
HOW TO GET THERE?
- Station Grand Rue
- Station Colbert (ligne 1)
- Station Vieux-Port (ligne 1)
- Station Sadi Carnot