Vieille Charité

Marseille, France

La Vieille Charité is a former almshouse, now functioning as a museum and cultural centre. Constructed between 1671 and 1749 in the Baroque style to the designs of the architect Pierre Puget, it comprises four ranges of arcaded galleries in three storeys surrounding a space with a central chapel surmounted by an ovoid dome.

The main body of the structure is a rectangle, 112 m by 96 m, composed of four walls in pink and yellow-tinted molasse stone from the ancient quarries at Cap Couronne, with no outward facing windows. On the inside are three arcaded galleries superposed on each other, opening onto an interior courtyard measuring 82 m by 45 m. In the centre of the courtyard is a harmonious chapel, a round church, crowned by an ellipsoidal dome and fronted by a portico in the classical style with Corinthian columns. This Baroque chapel ranks as one of Puget's most original designs.

La Vieille Charité houses a number of different cultural and educational resources like the Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology on the first floor. It covers oriental and classical antiquities, as well as local Celto-Ligurian archaeology. The Museum of Art of Africa, Oceania and Amerindia, on the second floor, contains an unusually collection of artefacts, including masks from Mexico and West Africa and a unique collection of engraved human skulls and trophy heads from South America.



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Founded: 1671-1749
Category: Museums in France


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Corinna Taylor (42 days ago)
We really loved our time here. For a free exhibit it was full of amazing artifacts and history. Highly recommend!
Caroline Findlay (6 months ago)
This really is a beautiful building. I didn’t visit any of the exhibits, as I have to admit to being a bit ‘museum fatigued’ at this point! But I thoroughly enjoyed admiring the beautiful architecture of the arcades, and the chapel with the unusual ovoid dome.
Flan Tran (6 months ago)
Nice place to visit. There is optional choice of tickets for the exhibition of "Objets Micreateurs": €9 unlimited visit and a free ticket which is - of course for limited site, but with or without payment, there is sure valuable your time. Note: do not forget to take ticket even the one is free, just ask for from the office, right on the right of the entrance.
Philippe Quentin (12 months ago)
Beautiful place to visit, you can hang out downstairs to have a bite and a coffee between different exhibitions located at every level. Note that each first Sunday of every month is museum free entry nationwide.
Navaneeth Tejasvi (2 years ago)
One of the attract in the Marseille, one can easily find and enjoy. A view of harbor, cruise ships, port, fort and what not, visit the place and experience it for your self
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