Historical Month: La Vieille Charité — Marseille



Welcome back to the historical monuments month! Before starting with the article I wanted to tell you something. Today the article won’t have a video as I didn’t have time to go to La Vielle Charité to film. My cat (the eldest one) got real sick and stayed at the vet for some days, which means I was not much in the mood to go visit places. So, instead of canceling the article, I am going to tell you the story of this former almshouse.


The idea of this almshouse for the poor dedicated to Notre-Dame (Our Lady) or Mère de Charité (Mother of Charity,) was originally born in 1622, but it wasn’t up until 1640 that a plot of land was acquired, in the next year the first pensioners were admitted.


La Vieille Charité (The Old Charity) — the almshouse for the poor dedicated to Notre-Dame (Our Lady) or Mère de Charité (Mother of Charity) is a building that was constructed in the 17th century on the plans designed by Pierre Puget. It was slowly losing its purpose at the end of 19th century, it was close to disappearing around 1950, only occupied by the poorest people.

The Chapel and hospice were officially declared as historical monuments on January 29th, 1951. The whole building went through a full renovation from 1960 to 1980.