Mur de la Pest Plague Wall Provence Peste
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

The Plague Wall of Provence – Mur de la Peste

Provence’s Plague Wall When most people hear of “the Plague,” they shudder and think of the Black Death that killed nearly a third of Europe’s population in the 1300’s. But did you know that as late as 1720 an outbreak in Provence took the lives over 100,000 people? And that …

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Mur de la Peste a Rocky Trail in Provence’s History

Over 100,000 people (some estimates as high as 126,000) died in Provence between 1720 and 1722, including almost 50% of Marseille’s population some 46,000 inhabitants. All in the name of commerce. The Grand Saint-Antoine arrived in Marseille’s port on May 25, 1720, from Syria (previously Levan), the vessel was late, …

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