Temple of Health

In the early nineteenth century, the health of Marseille’s people was threatened by the income of yellow fever, coming in from South America via Spain.  They decided to construct a quarantine hospital on the small islands just off the coast.  The location was chosen so that suspected boats could be stopped before arrival in Marseille, and also to benefit from the wind in this area that could be used to “blow away the germs”.

L’Hôpital Caroline, designed by architect Michel-Robert Penchaud, opened officially in 1828.  A stately Greek temple sat in the middle of the hospital complex, allowing quarantined patients to listen to services without leaving their ventilated accommodation.  A sister temple was built in the harbour, so that those arriving could participate without even leaving their boats.

The hospital was severely damaged by bombing towards the end of World War 2.  Renovation is taking place slowly, but was not readily accessible on my visit.  The accompanying chapel, however,  has been partly rebuilt and is easily visible from the harbour area.


Extra chapel related to Hospital Caroline, Ile de Ratonneau, France, May 2016


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aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 12 September 2016



Part of After and Before


6 thoughts on “Temple of Health

  1. Incongrous but rather lovely, Debs 🙂
    Any recommends for a lunch time eating place in Edinburgh? Not too expensive. I was going to email but don’t have a lot of time, and I’m sure you don’t. 🙂


    1. Too many! -Top of Harvey Nichs – great views and outside if it’s warm enough ???? but not sure of price -Spanish ham and cheese (and wine and sherry) on Kerr Street in Stockbridge – can’t remember its name, but next door to a Spanish wine shop -Earthy at Canonmills http://www.earthy.co.uk/menus/

      And for coffee and a view go to Starbucks or Waterstones on Princes Street

      Are you there this weekend?

      On Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 8:57 PM, Travel with Intent wrote:



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