Do you like modern architecture?
Whatever your preferences, this illustrated report
will not leave you indifferent.
Going to visit a new museum called MuCEM
in the town of Marseille in France.
The inscriptions explain in Hebrew, French and Arabic,
the temporary exhibition: "Lieux Saint Partagés" which means
"Shared Sacred Sites".
This imposing face shows the way to the entrance.
The inside structure of this amazing building is made of glass, metal and reinforced concrete.
The walkways, going all around the internal glass walls,
are made of metal. This creates deformed and fascinating reflections on all sides.
The shapes and designs change constantly as we walk towards them.
This reflection is like a work of modern art.
Notice the blue of the sea below.
The oustide lacy design in reinforced concrete is held together
by metal bars attached to concrete pillars.
At the end of each walkway, you turn either right or left.
See the reflected lacy design in the puddle at the end.
Looking up above our heads,
all this external part of the whole structure is open to the sky.
This is what it looks like from the inside of the glass building.
You can see three levels of external walkways with a visitor on the lower level.
This image feels like a stylised forest.
Coming out of the museum, we can see the entrance to the old port
behind the Saint-Jean Fort.
In the background, high on the hill, is the well-known Marseille landmark
of Notre-Dame de la Garde.
This is the back of the museum facing the open sea
and contrasting with the classical Cathedral Sainte Marie-Majeure
in the Byzantine-Roman style.
Walking away from the museum showing the overhanging lacy roof
and the cathedral reflected in the glass side of the building.
I love the spaciousness in this parting shot.
Aren't the lines and the reflections marvellous in this one?
One last look at the open Mediterranean Sea
before we leave.
Did you manage to get to the end of this photo-heavy report?
If you would like to know more about MUCEM
which means: Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean.
Check out the link above.