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Old Charity, Marseille.

This is below a shady square that we discover one of the emblematic monuments of Panier district: Vieille Charité. Restored between 1960 and 1986, the seventeenth century building spreads its elegant colonnades on three levels. In the center of the courtyard is a chapel .

Following a royal edict concerning "the confinement of the poor and beggars", the city of Marseille voted on 8 December 1622, the construction of a place to gather these populations. The first stone was laid in 1640 and the center welcomes its first "boarders" the following year. It was then in temporary buildings. The final project, designed by the architect Pierre Puget, a native of the area, starts in 1671 with the north wing of the building. The chapel was built from 1678 to 1704. His son Peter Puget, François, who will complete the entire building with the construction of two small south wings (hence the photo is taken), thus closing all. This was in 1745. The place is home of the needy (up to 1056 n 1760!) until the French Revolution, where it has been transformed into a hospice for children and the elderly, the poor confinement being increasingly criticized by the population. In 1905, it houses social housing for the Army.

In disrepair in 1940, the city of Marseille began its restoration in 1961, after being alerted by Le Corbusier, shocked to see such a gem in almost ruins. La Vieille Charité reopens after 25 years of work. Centered on cultural activities, it hosts several museums and research organizations today.

Unfortunately, I came too late to enter the courtyard. This photo was taken through the camera through the iron gate that closes the architectural ensemble.

WS: another view

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