France - September 2014

Marseille (2)

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini


On the south side of the Vieux Port is Fort St-Nicholas.  King Louis XiV had it built at the same time as Fort St-Jean in response to the rebellion of the people of Marseille.  Its armaments pointed towards the city.  At the same time, the king moved a fleet into the port and established an arsenal.  Since that time, the city has grown and filled the area.  What was the arsenal is now courtyards and buildings with shops and restaurants.

Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is a Neo-Byzantine basilica that is a local landmark.  It was built on the foun-dations of a 16C fort located on the highest natural point in Marseille. The views are remarkable, even on a foggy day, taking in the bay and islands nearby.

Because large areas of Marseille were bombed by the Germans, Italians and Americans during World War II, much of the city is of newer construction.   Le Corbusier designed what was then a radical housing complex, the Cité Radieuse (1947-52).  It is one of his most famous works and influenced the development of modern architecture.

The building’s supports, which held it off the ground,

were called “piloti”.

There is quite a bit of street art in all parts of Marseille.  It has been called the local contribution to the city’s being named the Capital of Culture.  While that may be a joke, the art should not be confused with graffiti. 

The best message is “PEACE PARTOUT!”

The Thumb is a famous sculpture that points the way to the Musée d’Art Contemporain.The MAC’s collection goes from the 60’s to the present and focuses on local and French art.

The photographs were taken with Leicas, the M9 and M v240.  All images are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission.  We can be contacted at   Our home page is

January 27, 2015                                                                                                                      wgfm

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