Palais du Pharo

Marseille, France

The Palais du Pharo is an elegant imperial palace in Marseille. It was built in 1858 by Emperor Napoleon III for Empress Eugénie. The emperor never stayed at the Pharo. After his death in 1873, his wife, Empress Eugenie, granted the palace to the city.

In 1904, it was transformed into a specialised establishment: the Pharo School. Its full name was first the Colonial Troops Health Service Application School, then it evolved into the Institute of Tropical Medecine of the Army Health Service. Until 2013, when it was finally closed, and for more than 100 years, the Pharo welcomed 8,000 doctors, pharmacists, and civilian or military technicians called upon to practice medecine in the overseas territories. It was even the only military institute in Europe specialising in the field of tropical medecine.


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Founded: 1858
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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Angel Khong (8 months ago)
It was a royal residence offered to Napoleon III by the city, now a congress centre.
Anna Onyshchenko (8 months ago)
A must see in Marseille, it is overlooking the sea, so you get some beautiful views of the old port.
Doug Blankenship (10 months ago)
One of the best views of Marseille from the park.
Ralu N. (11 months ago)
Amazing place to enjoy outdoors with amazing view over the sea.
Veronika Wilčkova (14 months ago)
Palace in a beautiful location. View not only of the harbor, but also of Notre Dame, the islands of If and Frioul. A nice place for a walk, a picnic, relaxing with a view or yoga time. I highly recommend coming here for the sunset (just be careful, it is very windy here).
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