Visit to the southern districts of Marseille
A little history
The meeting point is at 9.30 at the “Monument des Rapatriés d’Afrique du Nord”, on the magnificent Corniche Kennedy. This place is very representative of the tour offered by our guide, Alexandra: full of history.
I met a couple from Brittany ( la Bretagne) who fell in love with Marseille during a weekend and wanted to know a little more about the history of the city they love so much. They couldn’t have come to a better place! The guided tour of the Prado seaside park retraces in great detail the evolution of Marseille’s southern districts.
Shaped over the past 2,600 years by history, the city of Marseille has constantly evolved and madernized. The tour begins with the history of the “Monument des Rapatriés d’Afrique du Nord”(french returnees of North Africa). This work, created by César Baldaccini, is 9 meters high and weighs more than 20 tons! Alexandra makes us realize the importance of this work for the people of Marseille and all the repatriates from North Africa, as it is representative of the cultural diversity that defines Marseille. The monument represents a propeller, symbolising the crossing of the Mediterranean that all French from Algeria had to make to reach the Phocaean City.
After this focus on this impressive and symbolic work, we walk along the “Corniche Kennedy”, with its breathtaking view of the sea. We stop at a small part of the long bench of the Corniche : this bench is decorated with mosaics, warm Mediterranean colours and typical Marseille words.