A stroll around the Friche

This architectural tour is an opportunity to discover this former blue-collar neighbourhood, which was home to a number of the Seita tobacco factory's workers. These buildings come together to tell a story of two centuries of industrial architecture in the heart of Marseille. The transformation of these abandoned and disused buildings into a number of culture spaces gave birth to La Friche de la Belle de Mai. Tobacco, culture... and the military! The army has recently vacated several barracks in the area. These formerly-abandoned spaces offer new territories for city makers to conquer.

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Saint-Charles Church

Sacred Modernity

Architecture résolument moderne comme pouvaient This church, built in the 1950s, is a central element of the neighbourhood, providing the Belle de Mai with Place Caffo, its second public square after place Cadenat. Built in the same resolutely modern style as many of the eras places of worship, the building reinterprets the classical vocabulary religious architecture, notably at the entrance, where the narthex is positioned as a large outside porch resembling a cloister. Considering the era, the care given to this construction are evident in the sunshades, the choice of materials, and the stained glass. These qualities reflect the locals' attachment to the building, which remains very active in local civic life, in a neighbourhood that remains one of the poorest in the city.
Architect :
Marius David and Jean Crozet
Year : 1957
Tyoe : Religious equipment
Address : 1 place Placide Caffo,
13003 Marseille
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