Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins

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Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Facade of the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
43°17′47″N 5°22′28″E / 43.2963°N 5.3744°E / 43.2963; 5.3744Coordinates: 43°17′47″N 5°22′28″E / 43.2963°N 5.3744°E / 43.2963; 5.3744
Location Quai des Belges
Marseille 13001
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Country France
Denomination Roman Catholic
Tradition Augustinian
History
Founded 1447
Dedicated 1542
Relics held Louis of Toulouse
Architecture
Architectural type Gothic architecture
Completed 1588
Administration
Diocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Marseille
Clergy
Rector Hervé Giraud
Vicar(s) Paul Carpentier
Etienne Labignette

The Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins is a Roman Catholic church in Marseille.

Location[edit]

The church building is located on the Old Port of Marseille.[1] The exact address is Quai des Belges, 13001 Marseille.[2]

History[edit]

The original building on site was owned by the Knights Templar.[3] However, in 1369, it was given to a community of Augustinian hermits.[3][4] By 1447, they decided to spearhead the construction a new church building.[1] It was dedicated in 1542, even though the vault was only completed in 1588.[1][3]

During the Ancien Régime (15th century to 18th century), it was used for professional ceremonies.[3] For example, ship-porters had their own altars in the church as early as 1390: one dedicated to Saint Peter, and a second one to Saint Paul.[3]

Pope Clement VII (1478–1534) married his niece, Catherine de' Medici (1519–1589), to Henry II of France (1519–1559), in this church on October 28, 1533.[1]

During the French Revolution of 1789, it came close to being destroyed.[3] However, it was salvaged.[3] Shortly after, it was renamed in honour of Saint Augustine.[3] Later, it was sold to a businessman.[3] Later, it was returned to the Catholic Church.[3]

The facade was destroyed in 1801 due to construction work on the street, and it was rebuilt in 1875.[3] In 1803, it was named in honour of Saint Ferréol de Vienne, a Roman Catholic martyr from the 3rd century who was the namesake of another church in Marseille which was destroyed during the French Revolution.[3]

The high altar was designed by Dominique Fossaty, as were the altars of the Augustinians and of the ship-porters.[3] Inside the church can also be found the Mazenod family's tomb dating back to 1564 and the Montolieu family's tomb, dating back to 1695.[3] The relics of Saint Louis of Toulouse (1274–1297) are also in the church.[3]

The church has a few works of art. Three paintings by Michel Serre (1658-1733) are displayed inside the church: Sainte Marguerite, La Vierge à l'enfant apparaissant à Saint Pierre and Saint Paul.[3] There is also a bust of Saint Ferréol de Vienne. Additionally, there is a sculpture of Saint Augustine designed by Raymond Servian (1903-1953).[3] Another sculpture, by Élie-Jean Vézien (1890-1982), represents Saint Theresa. Yet another sculpture, this time by Louis Botinelly (1883-1962), is of Joan of Arc.[3] A more recently sculpture, designed by Yves le Pape in 1979, depicts the Holy Family.[3]

The neogothic pipe organ, designed by Augustin Zieger, dates back to 1844.[3]

At present[edit]

The church building is open every weekday from 9AM to 6:30PM.[2] Mass is said every weekend at 12PM and 6PM, every Saturday at 6PM, every Sunday at 9AM, 11AM and 7PM.[2]

Gallery[edit]

Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Map of the church
Map of the church 
Picture of the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins taken in 1905 by the Detroit Photographic Company
Picture of the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins taken in 1905 by the Detroit Photographic Company 
View of the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins in daytime
View of the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins in daytime 
Nave inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Nave inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins 
High altar designed by Dominique Fossaty inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
High altar designed by Dominique Fossaty inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins 
Right side inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Right side inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins 
Pulpit inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Pulpit inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins 
Altar of the Augustinians designed by Dominique Fossaty inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Altar of the Augustinians designed by Dominique Fossaty inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins 
Altar of the ship-porters designed by Dominique Fossaty inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Altar of the ship-porters designed by Dominique Fossaty inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins 
Baptism font inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Baptism font inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins 
Bust of Ferréol de Vienne inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Bust of Ferréol de Vienne inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins 
Sculpture of Saint Augustine designed by Raymond Servian inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Sculpture of Saint Augustine designed by Raymond Servian inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins 
Painting by Michel Serre entitled Sainte Marguerite inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Painting by Michel Serre entitled Sainte Marguerite inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins 
Painting by Michel Serre entitled Le repos pendant la fuite en Égypte inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
Painting by Michel Serre entitled Le repos pendant la fuite en Égypte inside the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Marseille 13: Eglise Saint-Ferréol les Augustins
  2. ^ a b c Église Catholique à Marseille
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Official website: History
  4. ^ Gaston Duchet-Suchaux, Les ordres religieux, Paris: Flammarion, 1993, p. 26