Place Jean-Jaurès


The Place Jean-Jaures , aka The Plain , is a historic square in Marseille , Bouches-du-Rhone , Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur , France. As early as the 13th century, it was a camping ground for Christian Crusaders on their way to the Holy Land . It later became a meeting place to welcome dignitaries and members of the French royal family. It is now home to a farmers’ market . It is named after politician Jean Jaurès

Location

History It is located at the intersection of the 1st , 5th , 6th arrondissements. From East to West, it can be reached via Curiol Street; Library Street; Street of the Three Magi; Sibie Street; Saint-Savournin Street; Rue Horace Bertin; Chave Boulevard ; Rue de l’Olivier; Ferrari Street; St. Pierre Street; Ferdinand Rey Street; Rue Saint-Michel; and Rue André Poggioli. [1]

The square was established as a camping ground for Christian Crusaders on their way to the Holy Land in the 13th century. [2]

It became a meeting place to welcome dignitaries and members of the French royal family. On May 22, 1319, Robert, King of Naples and his wife, Sancha of Majorca , were Robertus Brother, Louis of Toulouse . [3] Shortly after the Battle of Marignano in 1559, King Francis I of France and his wife, Queen Claude of France were welcome here by Bishop Claude Seyssel and viguier Louis de Vento . [4] On November 6, 1564, King Charles IX of France , his mother Queen Catherine de ‘Medici, and his brother, the future King Henry III of France , were welcome here. [5] On November 7, 1662, King Louis XIII of France was welcomed here by Consul Boniface de Cabannes . [6]

On October 5, 1845, Saint Eugene de Mazenod , then the Bishop of Marseille , blessed a new church bell named “Marie Josephine” here before installing it at Notre Dame de la Garde . [7]

On November 14, 1886, Louis Capazza and Alphonse Fondère took off in a balloon and flew all the way to Corsica . [8] As a result, a commemorative sculpture by Louis Botinelly on the corner of rue Sibié and Place Jean-Jaurès was dedicated on November 16, 1930, by aviators Dieudonné Costes and Maurice Bellonte . [8]

In 1889, Nicolas Chave , the son of landowner and developer André Chave , commissioned architect Gaudensi Allar to design a house on the corner of Chave Boulevard and the square. [9]

The square was described by French author Jean Giono in his 1947 novelist Noah . [10]

It is now home to a daily farmers’ market for Sundays, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. [11] On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the market is mostly set up for fresh vegetables and fruits. [11] On Wednesdays, only flowers are sold. [11] It is one of the largest farmers’ markets in Marseille. [11]

References

  1. Jump up^ Google Maps
  2. Jump up^ André Bouyala Arnaud,evocation of old Marseille, Paris: Editions of midnight, 1961, chapter 17: The area of the Plain, p. 343
  3. Jump up^ Augustin Fabre,The streets of Marseille, Marseille: E. Camoin, 1869, Volume 5: Place Saint Michel, p. 242
  4. Jump up^ Augustin Fabre,The streets of Marseille, Marseille: E. Camoin, 1869, Volume 5: Place Saint Michel, pp. 244-245
  5. Jump up^ Augustin Fabre,The streets of Marseille, Marseille: E. Camoin, 1869, Volume 5: Place Saint Michel, p. 248
  6. Jump up^ Augustin Fabre,The streets of Marseille, Marseille: E. Camoin, 1869, Volume 5: Place Saint Michel, p. 346
  7. Jump up^ Robert Levet,The Virgin of the Guard among the bastions: Four centuries of coexistence between the Church and the Army on a hill in Marseille (1525-1941), Marseille: Paul Tacussel, 1994, pp. 109-110
  8. ^ Jump up to:b Pierre Gallocher, Marseille, zigzags in the past , Marseille Tacussel 1984, Volume 1, pp. 163-167
  9. Jump up^ Pierre Guiral, Felix Reynaud,The Marseillais in History, Privat, 1988, p. 83[1]
  10. Jump up^ Jean Giono,Noah, Paris: Gallimard,Bibliotheque de la Pleiade, 1974 Volume 3, p. 805
  11. ^ Jump up to:d Visit Provence: Plain Market

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