Bewitching is Palais et Parc Longchamp. Fountains, small ponds, waterfalls, sculptures, & the architecture with its colonnade transport one to another time or world. Enter from Blvd Longchamp, under the gaze of lions, climb the stairs to the main building with it’s colonnades & sculptures overlooking the fountain and then enter the archway in the back to enter a lush park. A perfect escape for those looking for quiet and calm. Also found within, Musée des Beaux-Arts & Musée d'Histoire Naturelle.
Historical background: Marseille had a water shortage since the 16th century, but once it was aggravated by a cholera epidemic in 1835 getting water to the city became a priority. To celebrate the completion of a canal that brought water from the Durance River, Palais Longchamp was erected in 1869. Lushness of the gardens, the enormous fountain at the center, and the sculptures are a tribute to the fertility and importance of water to the city.