Maison Diamantée (Diamond House), Marseille

Maison Diamantée (Diamond House), Marseille

The Diamond House, the old hotel of Saboulin Bopllena, is located right behind the mayor's residence, the City Hall. It gained its name from the diamond shaped stones that cover its facade. Along with the Hotel Cabree is one of the most well preserved domiciles today.

It was erected in the 15th century on the grounds of the old palace gardens of Provence by rich Spanish and Italian investors. The house has sheltered the great families of Marseille such as Pierre Sebolin de Bollena, second sheriff of Marseille in 1685 and then his nephew, Francois de Sabolin Bollena, first sheriff of Marseille in 1702.

From 1967 to 2009 the building housed the Museum of Old Marseille. Then afterward the collections were made a part of the Marseille History Museum. The museum makes a fair presentation of life in the city in the 18th and 19th centuries and it also has a very impressive exhibit on the Plague of 1720.

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Maison Diamantée (Diamond House) on Map

Sight Name: Maison Diamantée (Diamond House)
Sight Location: Marseille, France (See walking tours in Marseille)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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