Rue de la République
La Rue de la République
This straight road was built in 1860 based on the Parisian Haussmann model to link the old town to the new La Joliette port which was built in 1844 and where trade was booming.
The road plans began in 1862 and it took two years to complete demolition and landscaping work. 16,000 people were removed from almost 1000 houses; the cost of this housing operation was over 100 million francs. Rue Impériale opened on August 15th 1864 and the houses were built in an eclectic style uniting Renaissance charm and Neo-Classical severity. Despite commodities such as water and gas, the road’s commercialisation was a complete failure.
The project included planning Place Sadi-Carnot along with Rue Colbert whose outline was incomplete. The current renovated Rue de la République is a major road in Marseille as it links the southern areas to the northern ones and is in the middle of the Euroméditerranée project.
Work on the church began in 1558 and it was consecrated in 1619 in the name of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. In the mid-18th century, the Gérard brothers built the Roman-style façade whose pediment and higher order were removed in 1926 for safety reasons. The convent was destroyed when Rue Colbert was built. The church became a parish in 1803 in the name of Saint-Cannat, Marseille’s former bishop.