The Maison Diamantée from Yesterday to Today
History of the Maison Diamantée
Besides its name, the history of this house is a curiosity in itself. Located just behind the City Hall, the Maison Diamantée (Diamond House) owes its name to its facade of pointed stones.
It was built between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century (perhaps 1570 but there is still some doubt). This makes it one of the oldest houses in Marseille with the Hôtel Cabre. It was built on the demand of wealthy Italian and Spanish traders. With its architectural beauty and style inspired by the Medici Italy, it has long housed the famous Marseilles families such as the Saboulin
Bollena and the Castellane.
Saved from destruction at the beginning of the last century and classified as a historical monument since 1925, it is the oldest municipal building in the city. It also barely escaped from the destruction of the district in 1943. From 1967 it houses the collections of the Musée du vieux Marseille, which can be found now at the Musée d'histoire de Marseille.
A witness to history
It is a relic of Marseille's history. It is indeed one of the last and rare symbols of the old Marseille and the patrician residences of the time. If you pass by this monument, don't forget to push its door to admire the magnificent classified staircase, with its amazing decor.
Not far from there, you can visit Marseille differently thanks to the Petit Train de Marseille. The ticket office is located at the Vieux Port, on the sidewalk opposite City Hall. Have you thought about renting a bike to travel in the Phocaean city? Ecological and fun, it is a solution that will delight young and old alike. For the bravest, why not opt for a segway rental?