Palais Pharo

The inhabitants of Marseilles primarily knew this superb building as a congress center. But the emperor Napoleon III originally wanted to build himself a home directly to the sea.

Therefore the construction started on august 15th 1858 on the Emperor’s day.

Napoleon III wished a house with the same spirit than the one of empress’ Eugenie’s palace in Biarritz. The Pharo palace however is larger and richer decorated. The building is made of stone rather than of brick.

After an eventful history and a legal procedure opposing the empress and the city of Marseilles, the city eventually has the property of the place.

From 1904 to 1954, the palace hosted the medical university of Marseille.

Today, the palace has been refurnished to host congresses.




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