Museum and Cultural Attractions in La Ciotat

1 Quai Ganteaume
13600 La Ciotat

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La Ciotat has kept its authenticity and small Provencal fishing port feel, but it also has a rich cultural past. The town is famous for being the place where the Lumière brothers invented the cinema, and the first motion picture ever made was the ‘Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat’ in 1895. The iconic Provencal game of pétanque (boules) was first played here, in 1907.

Musée Ciotaden
1 Quai Ganteaume
13720 La Ciotat
The history of La Ciotat is documented in this interesting museum retracing the town’s past as a major ship building center, as well as the story of the Lumière brothers and the origins of la pétanque bowl game. Closed on Tue.
Tel: +33(0)4 42 71 40 99

Built in 1889, the Eden Théâtre, located 25 Bd Georges Clémenceau, is the oldest movie theater in the world. The Chapelle des Penitents Bleus, facing the Vieux Port, is an historical monument dating from 1629 with a gorgeous octagonal tower and religious frescoes. Other chapels and churches, also dating from the 17th century, complete the ‘Route des Penitents’.

The old centre of La Ciotat, with some buildings dating from the 15th century, is home to an extremely rich architectural heritage. Take the time to wander through the narrow streets and enjoy a whole range of remarkable architectural features such as ornamented doors and facades.


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