European Heritage Days 2021

18 Sept. 2021 > 19 Sept. 2021

For this 38th edition, around the theme “Heritage for all”, more than 150 thematic visits, sites and heritage walks, exhibitions, concerts, workshops, screenings are proposed  as well as numerous guided tours organised by the Metropolitan Office of Tourism and Congresses of Marseille. All the areas and districts of the city are involved in this weekend’s celebration of culture and everything is accessible free of charge.*(* unless otherwise stated)

Published on 18 August 2021

Planned visits of the “Savonnerie du Serail” and the “Bataillon des Marins Pompiers de Marseille” (Firefighters) are cancelled. 

Discover Marseille by night

Preamble to the European Heritage Days- Friday 17 September

Take advantage of a night-time double-decker bus tour to discover Marseille in a different light, at nightfall ( transport  cost €10 per person). The” Notre-Dame de la Garde” Basilica will be exceptionally open this Friday evening as a prelude to the European Heritage Days.

Exceptional openings

Sales houses, castles, educational innovation villages…Discover for the first time these public or private places, sources of curiosity, usually closed to the public.

  • The Commercial Court (Tribunal de Commerce)

    In collaboration with the Commercial Court of Marseille and its teams, discover the Commercial Court, an annex of the Law Courts, labelled as 20th century heritage ( duration : 1 hour). Courtroom reconstruction based on real events are  scheduled over the weekend.

    Book your guided tour.

  • Audéoud barracks

    Discover the barracks during a guided tour of the Alleys of Remembrance “Allées du Souvenir”, a commemorative area of the First World War ( duration:30min).

    Book your guided tour.

  • Saint-Victor castle

    Visit this confidential place, exceptionally open to the public ( duration:1h30)

    Book your guided tour.

  • The Residence of the "Parc du Roy d'Espagne"

    In the heart of the pine forest, discover this residence built by the architects : G. Gillet et L.Olmeta, A.Figarella, C.Lestrade and labelled as a 20th century heritage. (duration: 2hours).

    Book your guided tour.

  • Saint-Lazare Marseille Espérance Church

    Located in the 3rd district of Marseille, the church will be exceptionally open to the public for free visits.

  • The Pautrier / SNCF site

    Discover the TER train storage and cleaning site in Pautrier during a guided tour. A combination of industrial modernity and historical heritage not to be missed. ( duration:1hour)

  • The House of Baecque and Associates

    Enjoy a guided tour of this art auction house, which opens its doors to the public to present its trades as auctioneer and expert professions.

  • The Annasr Mosque

    Founded in 1985 by Imam Dachir Bahmani, a founding member of “Marseille Esperance”, it is the largest in Marseille and can accomodate up to 2000 worshippers. Guided or free tours are available.

  • The Epic Village

    Discover this educational innovation village on the site of the former Ricard offices and visit the former Ricard pastis factory. One- hour  treasure hunts are planned, independently in the Sainte-Marthe district to discover its history and anecdotes  in a fun way.

  • Saint-André Church

    Discover its unique interior during the guided tours!

A family programme

Awaken your senses and share a pleasant moment with your family! On the programme this year : riddles, games and various puzzles, workshops to discover new activities and explore history.

Many guided tours

Stroll through the authentic and unknown districts of the city of Marseille and (re)discover its exceptional heritage and secrets with the guided tours offered by the Metropolitan Tourist Office and Convention Bureau and its partners.

Unusual activities

Get off the beaten track, draw in front of the Old Port, observe the sky, taste honey in the Calanques National Park and discover a new face of Marseille!

  • The heritage dictation

    2nd edition of the “Dictée du Patrimoine” on Marseille’s heritage, rewarded with books on Marseille.

  • Escape Game by Kitgam

    Discover the Old Marseille “le Vieux Marseille” through an outdoor treasure hunt!

  • Observatory of Marseille

    Discover 2 astronomical observation instruments from the end of the 19th century: a 26cm diameter telescope and an 80cm telescope and observe the sun!

  • Cultural Association of Notre-Dame du Mont

    Enjoy a guided tour of the priory of Saint Etienne at “Notre Dame du Mont”, and enjoy a concert ” Au coeur de l’orgue”.

  • Marseille Fire Brigade Battalion

    Discover their trade, machinery and equipment through workshops, and dynamic and interactive demonstrations.

  • History of Marseille by electric bike

    Enjoy a historical tour by electric bike and discover the “Pharo”, the “Vallon des Auffes” and “Notre-Dame de la Garde”! ( duration : 1h30; contribution to the cost of 10€ per person; bike provided).

  • Port de l'Anse de la Réserve- Open Air sailings Workshops

    The marine knots and their manufacture will no longer have any secrets for you! Various workshops: initiation to sea knots, splices, decorative sailings (bracelets) and exhibition of decorated tools(duration : 20min).

  • Crossing by boat from Marseille : Anse de la Réserve/Mucem

    Sail on board a Marseille boat classified as a historical monument ( duration : 30 min; departures every 30 min).

  • Port de l'Anse de la Réserve - Drawing workshop

    Practice your pencil stroke face to face with the most prestigious heritage of the Old Port. Material provided on site (supports, pencils, pastels, charcoals, watercolours…) or you can bring your own tools.

  • Honey house of "Rucher de Lun"

    Visit, taste and walk around to discover the honey of “La Cayolle” and the “Lun”apiary in the Calanques National Park.

  • Athéna family garden

    Take part in the cutting and layering workshops!

  • Lime kilns of the Tuves

    Guided or self-guided tour of the lime kilns recently uncovered in the Vallon des Tuves during the urban renovation of the Savine (duration: 1 hour).

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I register for a visit?

    Please note! Most visits require prior registration (limited number of places).

    You can register on  Marseille Expérience  directly, but only for visits organised by the Marseille Metropolitan Tourist and Convention Bureau. These visits can also be booked at the tourist office reception desk, and by telephone on 0826 500 500 (0,15€/mn).

    For other tours and activities, you must contact the place in question directly. You will find the contact details of each of them on the JEP programme.

  • Where to find the programme of the European Heritage Days 2021 ?

    Here. The paper version of the programmes is printed in reduced quantities due to our RSE approach. We invite you to prefer the digital format which you can find.

  • Is the health pass compulsory?

    Yes, a valid health pass is required for access to the different sites and to participate in the guided tours. (negative RT-PCR or antigenic test less than 48 hours old, a complete vaccination certificate, a positive RT-PCR test at least 11 days old and less than 6 months old).

    Reminder : in order to protect yourself and others, wearing a mask is mandatory.

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