Place Mirabeau

Unusual Historic site and monument
  • Place Mirabeau Martigues
  • Place Mirabeau Martigues
  • Place Mirabeau Martigues
  • Place Mirabeau Martigues
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One of the most beautiful squares in Martigues: the Place de l'Arénier took the name of Place Mirabeau in 1881. It is also adjacent to the Miroir aux Oiseaux, which is what gives it its charm.
It was named Place de L'Arénier by the members of Félibrige because of its shape which is reminiscent of a spider whose legs are said to be the radiant streets. The “Martigues in color” project was set up in 1988, the municipality subsidized the rehabilitation of the facades of the old center, in particular that of a mansion on the square. Here, we found a Celtic Ligurian village of around one hectare. With its colorful facades, it caught the eye of the painter Marguerite Nadal who represents it in two of her paintings: Place Mirabeau and Au coin de ma rue.

Place Mirabeau is a collection of beautiful bourgeois houses. There is a fountain dating from the 17th century, renovated in 1997 and brought from the Jonquières district. It replaced the pump fountain which had been in place since 1947.

If you look up, you will see a century-old cicada sculpted on the ridge of the corner of Rue du Jeu de Paume. 60 centimeters long, this emblematic symbol of Provence is certainly due to the skill of a carpenter sensitive to a fashion effect. It was in fact, around 1895 (at the same time) that the Aubagne workshops made the first ceramic cicadas.
  • categories :
    • Town of Art & History
General information
  • Parking :
    • Parking nearby
  • Environments :
    • In centre of town
    • Town location
    • Pedestrian area
    • In the old centre
  • Services :
    • Pets welcome
Services, Tours, Activities and entertainment
  • Environments :
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Close to pleasure port
    • Beach within 300 m
    • Pier within 500 m
  • Historical patrimony :
    • Historic patrimony
    • Square
  • Accessible to disabled visitors :
    • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities
Place Mirabeau
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Place Mirabeau
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.405473
Longitude : 5.055548
Marseille Provence: Airport / Aerodrome 20 km
Martigues Lavéra station: Railway station at 4 km