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Les Olives district in Marseille

In Marseille’s 13th borough, the Olives district owes its name to the Olive family, who settled here in the 15th century. Discover the history of this district and its sites of interest.

A neighborhood in Marseille’s 13th borough

Located in Marseille’s 13th borough, Les Olives neighbors the Croix-Rouge, Montolivet, Rose, Saint-Julien and Trois-Lucs districts.

Contrary to appearances, this neighborhood adjacent to the municipality of Allauch does not owe its name to the cultivation of the olive tree, but to the Olive family according to the parish’s livre de raison. Indeed, Simon Olive and Jeanne Davin, a couple of nourriguiers (the Provençal equivalent of a shepherd), made the acquisition of a plot of land on February 10, 1466 by Paul Marsan. They naturally named the place Les Olives. After their death, their children formed the domaine des Olives, then the descendants the hameau des Olives.

In 1660, the Olives church was built within the neighborhood. An extension was built in 1759 at the expense of the inhabitants. In the early 19th century, the religious edifice was canonically erected as a branch parish of Allauch. The original village now occupies a small rocky hill. The neighborhood is crossed by the Jarret, a tributary of the Huveaune and 21 kilometers long.

Places and monuments at Les Olives in Marseille

Church of Notre-Dame-des-Grâces and Saint-Paul

At the heart of the old village, the the Church of Les Olives, officially called the Church of Notre-Dame-des-Grâces and Saint-Paul, served as a private chapel before being erected in 1660 by the villagers and enlarged in 1759. Its bell tower, added in 1817, is built of ashlar. Visible on the place Granet in Marseille’s Olives district, this religious monument boasts one of the four linen canvas copies of the Holy Shroud of Turin, made by NASA and brought back by Father Pestre in 1982.

Le Vélodrome des Olives

Built in 1975 and renovated in 2008, the Olives municipal velodrome – located at 375 avenue des Poilus – is home to cycling clubs from the region. Its refurbishment has provided a accommodation suited to cyclists and meeting safety standards for users. In all, the municipality fully financed the works at a total cost of 300,000 euros. As well as being widened, the track received a new resin-based surface. The installation of an access and parking platform is also part of the changes made to the velodrome.

How to get to the Olives district

If you want to visit Les Olives in Marseille, you can get there by taking the bus lines 2(Metro La Rose – Cité La Marie Haute), 4 (Metro La Rose – La Valentine Centre Commercial), 4B (Metro La Rose – Les 3 Lucs), 6 (Foch 5 Avenues – Bois Lemaître) and 39 (Metro Malpassé – Résidence Fondacle).

By car from the north, continue on the A51 motorway towards Marseille, take the exit towards Cinq-Avenues and leave the A507 motorway. Continue via avenue Jean-Paul Sartre/D4C and avenue des Olives to reach the Olives district.

From Nice, take the autoroute A8 in the direction of Marseille, take the exit 5 and leave the freeway A50. Follow Avenue de Saint Menet/D2 and Avenue des Poilus to reach your destination.