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South Marseille

Parc Chanot is home to an exhibition centre, conference venue and public park. The annual Marseille International Fair is held here from the end of September to the start of October as were the colonial exhibitions of 1906 and 1922.

Dance School – Ballet National de Marseille
The building by Roland Simounet opened in 1992. Its architecture folds into itself like a cloister to aid the dancers’ concentration. 

Château Borély and Borély  Park

Part of the estate was taken over by the City in the mid-19th century. After long housing an archaeology museum, the renovated château has been home to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Mode et de la Faïence since 2013.


The 17ha public grounds include a lake, "French-style" garden, rose garden, botanical garden, shaded lawns and cycle paths which are highly popular with the people of Marseille. Nestled between Huveaune, the sea and the race course, it is surrounded by new structures which boost its appeal (canoe kayak base, golf course and circular track). It is next to the Hippodrome Borély.

Château Pastré
This old country house in 110ha grounds between the sea and hills was built in the 1860s by the architect Jean Danjoy in a take on the Louis XIII style subtly uniting Marseille brick and Arles pale stone.

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