The Palais Longchamp houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée d'hisoire naturelle. The historicist building complex was built in 1869 by Henri-Jacques Espérandieu.
The triumphal arch of Porte d'Aix was built after Roman models in 1839. The archway in honor of Louis XIV was started in 1784 but the project was postponed until 1839.
La Garde basilica was consecrated in 1864. Built on the 161 m high fortress hill, it can be seen from all over the city. It is a church of the sailors, in the sumptuous interior which is decorated with marble and gold, ship models are hanging from the ceiling.
The "Cathedrale de la Major" was built between 1852-1896. The round arches and domes give the church a Neo-Romanesque-Byzantine look. The design of the cathedral was made by Henri-Jacques Espérandieu and Leon Vaudoyer. Espérandieu previously designed the church of Notre-Dame de la Garde.
La Vieille Charité (old hospital) was begun in 1671 as a poorhouse by architect Pierre Puget. The three-storey building consists of a U-shaped main building with arcades and a chapel in the courtyard. The Charité was completed in 1745.
The Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1599 and is the oldest in France. In the middle of the nineteenth century, a new building was erected which seemed appropriate to the importance of Marseille. The "Palais de la Bourse" was opened in 1860.
The "Carré Thiars" is the famous restaurant and bar area of Marseille. Around the small square you will find fancy restaurants. You can also try the Cours Honore d'Estienne d'Orves nearby. In summer time this is the heart of Marseille.