The Palais des Arts of Marseille was built to host l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Marseille library. Its architecture is very interesting as the outside and inside are completely different.

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Marseille Palais des Arts is also known as Palais Carli (it is indeed located on the place Auguste et François Carli, from the names of two Marseillais sculptors). It was built to offer more room to the « Lycée impérial » (Imperial school), currently the « lycée Thiers » (located in the old convent called “Couvent des Bernardines”).

In the Lycée impérial were located the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (natural history) and the public library. But the number of the lycée students was constantly growing and when a convention gave the whole convent to the lycée, the museums had to be relocated (1859).

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The Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle and the Musée des Beaux-Arts are then transferred to the Palais Longchamp. The palais Carli is built to host the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the library. Today, it is home to the Conservatoire National de Région “Pierre Barbizet ».

The construction took ten years because of the sloping ground, a real challenge for the architect. The building materials used inside and outside are really different. The façade, decorated with sculptures and monarchs chests, is made of white stones of Tarascon while the interior courtyard is made of red bricks and stones chains.

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Tips and anecdotes

Henry Espérandieu designed the Palais des Arts plans. The architect also designed Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, the Cathédrale de la Major and the Palais Longchamp.

Take a walk in the streets of the area, especially on the trendy Cours Julien where you’ll discover lots of cool shops and cafés.


ADDRESS

1 place Auguste et François Carli, 13001 Marseille

HOW TO GET TO THE PALAIS DES ARTS DE MARSEILLE ?

By bike

  • Station Julien Trois Mages

By tube

  • Station Noailles (ligne 2)

By tram

  • Station Noailles

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