Roofs of Marseille

Marseille, that vast sprawling Mediterranean port of uncertain reputation even since Phoenician times, has roofs of many kinds. At its origins, Marseille is the archetypical Provence town composed of a number of villages built in a valley surrounding a fine natural harbour, but it has grown to be a city so vast that when viewed from the fortress church of Notre Dame de la Garde, the city sprawls to the horizon.

The roofs of Marseille show, in three dimensions, how the city architects have solved the age old problem of shelter. They are also showcase of the beauty of Marseille.

Here are views of the Panier and Vauban villages of Marseille.