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  • 2 Fontaine du Roi René

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours Mirabeau F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    King René d'Anjou (1409-1480) made Aix his capital and dedicated most of his energy to embellishing the city. The fountain depicts him holding a bunch of Muscat grapes, a variety that the gourmet king had introduced to Provence. The fountain is the w..

  • 3 Fontaine Moussue

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours Mirabeau F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    This moss-covered fountain was built in 1734 and, with its 34°C water, is a reminder of the town's vocation.

  • 4 Rue de l'Opéra

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de l'Opéra F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    Follow cours Mirabeau along to this street that is lined with a few grand townhouses dating from the 17C and 18C: the Hôtel de l'Estang-Parade at n° 18, the Hôtel de Bonnecorse at n° 24 and the Hôtel de Grimaldi at n° 26, which is said to have been d..

  • 5 Panisse-Passis town house

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    16 Rue de l'Opéra F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    Town houses were built in Aix in the 17 and 18C, paid for by members of the legal profession who profited from Parliament's presence in the town. The town's appearance today is mainly shaped by these houses. The Panisse-Passis town house with its sup..

  • 6 Church of Mary-Madeleine

    Religious buildings

    pl. des Prêcheurs F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    This plain 17C church houses a beautiful marble Virgin by Chastel and more importantly, the central panel of the Triptych of the Annunciation (1445) credited to Barthélémy d'Eyck, one of the Flemish artists who René of Anjou had called to his court.

  • 7 Fontaine des Prêcheurs

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Prêcheurs F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    The Fontaine des Prêcheurs situated in the centre of the square is the work of Chastel. Note the atlases adorning the door of the Hôtel d'Agut at n° 2; they bore witness to the hanging of an effigy of the Marquis de Sade, who was accused of several e..

  • 8 Hôtel Boyer d'Éguilles

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6 r. Espariat F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    You enter the Natural History Museum housed in this mansion via the courtyard. The building was constructed in 1675 by Pierre Puget, the great architect and sculptor of Marseille Baroque.

  • 9 Hôtel Peyronetti

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    13 r. Aude F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    Built in 1620, this Italian Renaissance-style mansion is not far from 7 rue du Maréchal Foch, where Hôtel d'Arbaud stands, supported by handsome atlases.

  • 10 Place Richelme

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Richelme F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    This square overlooked by the south façade of the former corn exchange gets lively in the morning, when the fruit and vegetable market is in town.

  • 11 Hôtel de Ville d'Aix-en-Provence

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Hôtel-de-Ville F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    Aix's town hall is in a building erected by architect Pierre Pavillon between 1655 and 1670. It boasts a handsome front gate, a balcony decorated with finely worked wrought iron and a superb courtyard paved with pebbles and surrounded by buildings wi..

  • 12 Corn Exchange

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Hôtel-de-Ville F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    Sculpted by Chastel, the pediment of this former Halle aux Grains depicts the Rhône and the Durance.

  • 13 Old bishopric

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    28 pl. des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    In this 17C building you will find the Tapestry museum. The courtyard of the old Bishopric is now a splendid theatre used for the concerts of the Festival of lyric art in Aix.

  • 14 Hôtel de Caumont

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 r. Joseph-Cabassol F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    This elegant 1720 building adorned with balconies and superposed pediments now houses the Academy of Music and Dance, named after one of Aix's most famous sons, Darius Milhaud (1892-1974), member of the Groupe des Six and composer of the renowned bal..

  • 15 Hôtel de Marignane

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    12 r. Mazarine F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    It is here that the unscrupulous Mirabeau seduced the young and wealthy Marignane heiress. He made sure it became known so as to bring shame on the Marignane family and make marriage inevitable. But Mirabeau hadn't played it as well as he thought for..

  • 16 St.John of Malta Church

    Religious buildings

    24 pl. Saint-Jean-de-Malte F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    Constructed at the end of the 13C, this was Aix's first Gothic building. Even if the façade looks a little severe, the nave is simple, elegant and quite charming.

  • 17 Natural history museum

    Museums and art

    6 r. Espariat F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    The dinosaur eggs found on the slopes of Saint-Victoire mountain add an unexpected interest to this palaeontology museum. The prime motive for visiting is to see the inside of the hotel Boyer d'Éguilles.

  • 18 Musée du Vieil Aix

    Museums and art

    17 r. Gaston-de-Saporta F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    Puppets play out the "talking nativity scenes" of old and Corpus Christi processions. Collection of nativity figures and Moustiers earthenware.

  • 19 Musée Bibliographique et Archeologique Paul Arbaud

    Museums and art

    2A r. du 4-Septembre F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    This museum housed in a late-18C mansion presents a collection of earthenware from the region as well as books dedicated to the subject of Provence.

  • 20 Vendôme Pavillion

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    32 Rue de la Molle F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    Built by Pierre Pavillion and A. Matisse in 1667 for the Cardinal of Vendôme, this country house is home to a collection of Provencal furniture and art objects.

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