La Vielle Charité is an outstanding example of religious architecture from 17th-century France. Designed by Pierre Puget, the King's architect and also native to the area, it was constructed between 1671-1745 as a refuge for the city's orphans and beggars. Today it is a multidisciplinary centre promoting science and culture, including the Museum of Mediterranean Archeology and the Museum of African, Oceanic, and Amerindian Arts. The rectangular form of the buildings comprises four wings which open onto a courtyard, of which the centrepiece is a beautiful domed chapel in Italian baroque style.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Bus: n°2, 49 A, 49 B, 57, 61