The placement: an exceptional garden in the south-east of FranceMay 12, 2016
The Albertas´familly has saved the initial appearance of this remarkable garden since its creation in the 17th century.
After 1986, the familly has made a successful effort to restore progressively the original state of the garden.
Certainly, It is one of the most wonderful parks in the Provençal region (Southeastern France), as well as a perfect witness of the ancient gardens which have written the history of the region.
Between Aix-en-provence et Marseille, a calm place to profit the sound of the foutains and the bassins to lie on the grass, under the sunny weather.
This time, on the 1st & 2nd of July, you can not miss the event to have a great experience with your motor club, your family, as well as your friends.
l commence par des réalisations modestes : potager, treillages, petits bâtiments d’agréments.In the 1640 the garden has suffered its last modification and It remained intact until the present. This space is a mixture of italian influences in the spirit of the Renaissance, the plants typical of la French Provence, but also the techniques used at that moment when the first so called ”French Gardens” were created.
Moreover, this shows the miracle of the captation of all resources that feeds constantly every single basin, fountain and plantation in the garden, as well as saving as much water as possible in the basins to baste the agricultural productions nearby.
As usual in the Provence Region, the utility goes with the pleasant weather so that the agriculture is the first source of income at that time. Furthermore, the aristocracy started to be passionated about the agriculture techniques.
After that, the classical composition involving a wide view in the 18th century conducted the prolongation to the South. It consists in the baroque portal until the final area of the garden along the actual bastide which is next to the other side of the National Route.
We could try to imagine the huge earthwork that has allowed this composition of terraces in the two axes East-West and North-South.
As usual, this gardens are such an important infraestructure that we are not able to see: the land movements, the galeries to provide water, driven to preserve the quality of the lands, citernes souterraines pour stocker l’eau et permettre l’alimentation des jets d’eau et fontaines.
In this first time the channel and its thirteen mascarons appeared to provide water, the italian style cave is covered by limestone rocks and shells. But also the big basin with 8 tritons as the four monumental statues representing Hercules, David and his sling, the Good Mars and the Gladiator Borghèse.
It was probably, Henri-Reynaud d´Albertas, the youngest child of Raynaud de Séguiran, and then his son Jean-Baptiste the ones that alonged the gardens to the West, until the Louis XV portail which was created when the royal route was deviated to this place (1735).
It was in the middle of the 14th century when the Albertas´family, coming from Italy, was stablished in Provence. Event today, in this town, the Hotel Colin d´Albertas is a witness of the history.
Suddenly, the Albertas keept their place in Marseille and start a business in the maritime trade amongst the Mediterranean area. Thanks to the royal stops allowing the aristocracy to do business easier, they developed their affairs in the 15th with the trade of spices, and after that they started delivering coral with the famous ”Compagnie du Corail” in the 16th century.
Until the end of the 17th century they occupied the highest functions in the City of Marseille and representing to many connections in the interests’ circle of the King. In the middle of the 16th century they acquired the land of Gemenos in the North of Marseille which belonged to the family until 1850 (the castle is actually the City Hall of Gemenos).
The french-english style park that Jean-Baptiste d’ Albertas created in the 18th century was exceptional. The Prince of Ligne, an amateur of the gardens, inquired that it is, in fact, one of the most beautiful parks in Europe.
In 1673 the marriage of Marc-Antoine d’Albertas with Madeleine de Séguiran started a new era. Capitain of Vaisseau, he died in 1684 after a combat, Marc-Antoine, then, married the inheritor of a big family composed by administrators and parlamentaires.
The 14th of july in 1790, Jean-Baptiste d’ Albertas died in Gemenos after an event offered to the National Guard in the honor of the Federation. His son, Jean-Baptiste Suzanne was named Prefet of Bouches-du-Rhone in the restauration of Louis XVIII, then he started to ameliorate the garden.
In 1949, Jean d’Albertas started a process to restore the garden. In 1960, the gardens were inscribed in the inventory of Historic Monuments.