Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins

Marseille, France

Saint-Ferréol les Augustins is a church located on the Old Port of Marseille. The original building on site was owned by the Knights Templar. However, in 1369, it was given to a community of Augustinian hermits. By 1447, they decided to spearhead the construction a new church building. It was dedicated in 1542, even though the vault was only completed in 1588.

During the Ancien Régime (15th century to 18th century), it was used for professional ceremonies. For example, ship-porters had their own altars in the church as early as 1390: one dedicated to Saint Peter, and a second one to Saint Paul.

During the French Revolution of 1789, it came close to being destroyed. However, it was salvaged. Shortly after, it was renamed in honour of Saint Augustine.

The facade was destroyed in 1801, due to construction work on the street, and it was rebuilt in 1875. In 1803, it was named in honour of Saint Ferréol de Vienne, a Roman Catholic martyr from the 3rd century who was the namesake of another church in Marseille which was destroyed during the French Revolution.

The high altar was designed by Dominique Fossaty, as were the altars of the Augustinians and of the ship-porters. Inside the church can also be found the Mazenod family's tomb dating back to 1564 and the Montolieu family's tomb, dating back to 1695. The relics of Saint Louis of Toulouse (1274–1297) are also in the church.

The church has a few works of art. Three paintings by Michel Serre (1658-1733) are displayed inside the church: Sainte MargueriteLa Vierge à l'enfant apparaissant à Saint Pierre and Saint Paul. There is also a bust of Saint Ferréol de Vienne. Additionally, there is a sculpture of Saint Augustine designed by Raymond Servian (1903-1953). Another sculpture, by Élie-Jean Vézien (1890-1982), represents Saint Theresa. Yet another sculpture, this time by Louis Botinelly (1883-1962), is of Joan of Arc. A more recently sculpture, designed by Yves le Pape in 1979, depicts the Holy Family.




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Founded: 1588
Category: Religious sites in France

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Rita Kao (2 years ago)
Beautiful and lovely church.
Noyon Ahmed (3 years ago)
Beautiful Looking
Jorge Muñoz Martínez (5 years ago)
Nice church near the port. 5 min to visit and maybe some more time to pray in
M1978 A (5 years ago)
Very nice church facing the old port, I can find a mass at noon.
Jean Ramos (7 years ago)
Our free time during a local tour landed us about a block from the church of St Ferreol. My husband & I walked towards it to go in for a brief visit. We usually do this when we see a Catholic Church, a chapel, a basilica or a cathedral wherever we are in every chance we get just to pay our respects & say a prayer or two of thanksgiving, As we enter, the bell started ringing, the usual sign of a mass celebration to start. How fortunate of us to be right there as 3 priests co officiated the mass. Needless to say, we stayed for the whole service feeling grateful & so blessed. This particular church is so simple but beautiful & grand.
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