The Chamber of Commerce of Marseille, the oldest in France, was created in 1599 with the appointment of four deputies in charge of defending the interests of trade, and consequently the port.
It was installed on the first floor of the Palais Communal and later of the Hôtel de Ville.
Becoming more and more powerful, the Chamber of Commerce decided at the beginning of the 19th century to build a building worthy of the city's commercial power. In the meantime, the Chamber of Commerce sat in a temporary building on the current Place Général de Gaulle. There were 24 projects, but it was that of the architect Pascal Coste that was selected in 1852. The Palais de la Bourse was...