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Spectacularly set in the colonnaded Palais de Longchamp, Marseille’s oldest museum is a treasure trove of Italian and Provençal painting and sculpture from the 17th to 21st centuries. The palace’s shaded park is one of the centre’s few green spaces, and is popular with local families. The spectacular fountains were constructed in the 1860s, in part to disguise a water tower at the terminus of an aqueduct from the River Durance.