An historic diamond in the heart of Marseille
Located just behind the city hall of Marseille, la Maison Diamantée got its name from its facade filled with pointed stone which in the jargon, is called a ‘diamond point boss‘. It is one of the oldest residences in Marseille just like Hôtel de Cabre. Its construction date is incertain but it is estimated between the end of the 16th century and beginning of 18th century. The building is built on the land of the former garden of the ‘ palais de Provence’ according to the wealthy Italians and Spanish merchants. Its amazing architecture style was inspired from the Medicis in Italy.
During several centuries, the building was home to famous family from Marseille such as Saboulin Bollena and Castellane Majastre. At the end of the 19th century, port employees and Italian immigrants occupied the premises. A true vestige of the history of Marseille, it represents one of the last and rare symbols of the city of the past with its typical patrician residences of the time. Its past bears witness to the city’s openess to great trade and Mediterranean influences. On November 10th, 1925 ‘ la maison Diamantée’ was classified as a French historical monument.