The Maison Diamantée is a house unlike any others: it is the oldest building of Marseille heritage. It’s located just behind the Hôtel de Ville, two steps from the picturesque quarter of Le Panier.
Its name comes from its façade covered by pointed sculpted stones. The Maison Diamantée can not be dated, some say it was built in 1570 (by Spanish and Italian rich merchants), others assert it was done much later, between 1593 and 1620. The Maison Diamantée hosted some of the biggest families of Marseille, like the “Premier Échevin de la ville” (the city’s first county magistrate), Pierre de Saboulin-Bolléna.
Port workers and Italian immigrates then used it as a shelter at the end of the 19th Century.
Just before the beginning of World War 1, the building was dying but stayed untouched when the German destroyed the area during WW2 (German authorities had ordered the destruction of all Marseille old quarters).
In 2013, it was the headquarters of “Marseille Provence 2013, Capitale Européenne de la culture” organisation.
3 Rue de la Prison, 13002 Marseille
Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm
HOW TO GET TO THE MAISON DIAMANTÉE ?
- Station Hôtel de Ville
- Station Grand Rue
- Station Vieux-Port (line 1)
- Station Sadi Carnot