La Vieille Charité, Marseille, France

I liked this view

The church’s ovoid dome

We spotted this unique dome and beautifully-colored stone from the street and wandered in to find a bit of calmness. The structure that wraps around the Baroque church was originally designed as an almshouse by Marseille architect Pierre Puget.

Arcades and chapel

Arcades and chapel

In the 19th century, it was used as an asylum, then for soldiers and the homeless. Today, it houses the Museum of Archaeology, the Museum of African, Oceanian and Amerindian Arts, a library and a cultural center.

Quiet courtyard

Quiet courtyard

We didn’t bother going inside the museums, but instead hung out in the peaceful, arcade-encircled courtyard.

2 rue de la Charité, 11-6 Tues–Sat summer and 11-5 Tues-Sat winter

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