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Chapelle de l'Annonciade

Historic site and monument, Historic patrimony, Religious heritage, Chapel, Town of Art & History, Baroque, 17th C in Martigues
  • Listed as a historical monument in 1910, the chapel is located in the town centre of Martigues (Jonquières district), behind the church of St-Genest. It was built in the 17th century for the brotherhood of white penitents.

  • This jewel of Provençal Baroque art is a must-see! The sobriety of its exterior façade contrasts with its dazzling interior decoration: painted and ornamented ceiling, wall frescoes, painted and sculpted plant motifs, sculpted and gilded ornaments, trompe-l'oeil...

    Did you know that?
    - In 1619, the first mention of the chapel near the church of Saint-Genest, it was consecrated by the archbishop of Arles.
    - In 1661, the chapel was demolished following the enlargement of the church of...
    This jewel of Provençal Baroque art is a must-see! The sobriety of its exterior façade contrasts with its dazzling interior decoration: painted and ornamented ceiling, wall frescoes, painted and sculpted plant motifs, sculpted and gilded ornaments, trompe-l'oeil...

    Did you know that?
    - In 1619, the first mention of the chapel near the church of Saint-Genest, it was consecrated by the archbishop of Arles.
    - In 1661, the chapel was demolished following the enlargement of the church of Saint-Genest. The Confraternity of the White Penitents of the Annonciade then decided to build their own chapel.
    - In 1663, despite the construction of buttresses to the east (rue du Docteur Sérieux) and buttresses to the west (boulevard Richaud), the vault collapsed... the chapel no longer had a roof.
    Of the old vault, a ribbed crossing is still visible from the gallery with graffiti (ships, skulls and crossbones, caricature of the revolutionary period...).
    The gallery is accessible by a staircase hidden in the altarpiece, to the north of the building. Exceptionally during the European Heritage Days, you can discover the treasures hidden in this place: the walls are covered with graffiti drawn with charcoal, red chalk or a knife.
    - From 1666 to 1671, the penitents opted for a flat pinewood ceiling.
    - In 1677-1678, Jean-Claude Boyer, a master carpenter in Aix-en-Provence, created the sumptuous painted and ornamented ceiling. It contains five oil paintings on canvas relating to the life of the Virgin, by Barthélémy Donneau of Martigues and Anthoine Ollivier of Marseille.
    The original paintings are The Assumption of the Virgin and The Coronation of the Virgin, the rest date from the 1966 restoration campaign.
    - The years 1702-1703 saw the creation by Claude and Etienne Darbon of the wooden altarpiece and its majestic high altar decorated in trompe l'oeil.
    - In 1734, the coloured murals illustrating the life of the Virgin and the sculpted stalls (wooden seats along the walls) were completed.

    What is this brotherhood of the white penitents?
    This community of lay people practised mutual aid, prayer, charity and solidarity with the poor. They were dressed in a very simple robe intended to conceal the social differences of civil clothing.
    The Penitents also wore a bonnet, which showed a concern for individual modesty and anonymity so as not to take glory from their charitable actions and to erase their own person in front of the virtues of the group, so that the person assisted would only thank God for the help they received.

    In order to save the chapel from the attacks of humidity, the City of Martigues decided to close it to the public in 1993 and undertook its restoration from 1995 to 2015. These 20 years of work have enabled it to be reopened to residents and tourists. The work was financed by the town, the State (historical monuments) and the Region.
    Thanks to this exceptional restoration work, the city was awarded the regional Grand Prix des Rubans du Patrimoine 2016.
    Its excellent acoustics make it an ideal venue for concerts. As a conservation measure, the capacity is 150 spectators.

    Access is via the rue du Docteur Sérieux from July to October and via the Annonciade garden (boulevard Richaud) from November to June.
  • Environment
    • In centre of town
    • Town location
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Close to GR footpath
    • Bus stop < 500 m
    • Pier within 500 m
  • Spoken languages
    • French
Services
  • Accessibility
    • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities
  • Activities
    • Activity
    • Children's entertainment
    • Concert
    • Handicrafts workshops
    • Plastic arts
    • Discovery
    • Gardening
    • Creative hobbies
  • Equipment
    • Parking
  • Services
    • Guided tours
    • Concert/events
Openings
Openings
  • From March 1, 2022 until October 31, 2022
    Opened On Wednesday, On Thursday, On Friday, On Saturday
    * Open the first Sunday of the month from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • From November 2, 2022 until February 28, 2023
    Opened On Tuesday, On Thursday, On Friday, On Saturday
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