Photographer's Note

After a whole day of walking to discover the different districts of Marseille, the grazing light of twilight on the restored facades of Panier is a great reward.

The Panier is the historic district of Marseille. It is the place where has settled the Greek colony of Massalia, in 600 BC. Set on three hills, this area displays its tall houses surrounding narrow streets.

Its southern end, between the Caisserie Street and the Old Port, highly suffered during World War II. Its maze of narrow streets being easy cache for the local Resistance, an urban development program is planned by the Vichy regime. At the end, the German occupiers will make the decision to blow up one by one the 1500 buildings of the block in 1943, with the exception of the Diamond House and the Hotel de Cabre, which are part of the oldest buildings in the city.

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