MARSEILLE CENTER and the OLD PORT
On the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille was first established as a port city by the Phoenicians 2600 years ago : the city combines tradition and modernity.
It reveals its many monuments, picturesque places and museums, dating from its Greek and Roman origins to the great architectural achievements of the twenty-first century, through the medieval religious foundations, the fortifications of the 16th century, the rich mansions of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Today it’s a melting pot of cultures. Its old port and historic centre are picturesque and bustling with activity, its cathedral perched high on a hill in the old centre.
Marseille is set beside the famous Calanques – limestone inlets carved into the coastline and all the way to Cassis – offering some of the most breathtaking walking in France.
Born in 1895 near Marseille, Marcel Pagnol wrote his first play at the age of 15 and became an English teacher. He stopped teaching when he went to Paris, instead devoting his life to playwriting. In 1929 he wrote "Marius" for the Paris Theatre. Marius would also be later turned into a film in 1931, Pagnol's first film that became famous. Followed by "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des sources".
Pagnol’s love and veneration for the Provençal countryside and people comes out in all his novels and films.