Musée du Santon
Heading west of the Vieux Port brings you to Abbaye St-Victor, birthplace of Christianity in Marseille and built on a 3rd century BC...
Ships have docked for more than 26 centuries at the city’s birthplace, the colourful old port. The main commercial docks were...
Guarding Marseille’s harbour on the southern side is Fort St-Nicolas, originally built in the 17th century for King Louis XIV.
Théâtre National de Marseille
Dance and drama, sometimes in English.
This admirably unpretentious bistro grows most of its organic veggies in its own potager (kitchen garden), from tomatoes to courgettes,...
49 rue Neuve Ste-Catherine · interesting places nearby
Musée du Santon information
One of Provence’s most enduring Christmas traditions are its santons (plaster-moulded, kiln-fired nativity figures), first created by Marseillais artisan Jean-Louis Lagnel (1764–1822). This tiny museum displays a collection of 18th- and 19th-century santons (from the Provençal word santoun, meaning ‘little saint’), and runs visits to its workshops. Its boutique sells everything from nail-sized dogs and pigs to a complete mas (Provençal farmhouse).