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  • 1 Church of Mary-Madeleine

    Religious buildings

    Place des Prêcheurs F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    This 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.

  • 2 Fontaine des Prêcheurs

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place 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° 1. At n° 2 rue Thiers, which leads to cours Mirabeau, stands the Hôtel de Roquesante.

  • 3 Hôtel de Boyer d'Éguilles

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6 rue 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.

  • 4 Hôtel Peyronetti

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    13 rue 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.

  • 5 Place Richelme

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place 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.

  • 6 Clock Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    The Tour de l'Horloge, a former 16C belfry, houses a bell in a wrought-iron enclosure. Different characters mark the passing of the seasons.

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place 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..

  • 8 Corn Exchange

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place 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.

  • 9 Former Aix-en-Provence Bishop's Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    28 place 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.

  • 10 Hôtel de Marignane

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    12 rue 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..

  • 11 St.John of Malta Church

    Religious buildings

    24 place St-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.

  • 12 Natural history museum

    Museums and art

    Avenue Jean-Monnet - parc St-Mitre F - 13090 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.

  • 13 Musée Estienne-de-Saint-Jean (du Vieil Aix)

    Museums and art

    17 rue 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.

  • 14 Musée Paul-Arbaud

    Museums and art

    2A rue du 4-Sept. 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.

  • 15 Entremont Oppidum

    Archaeological and historical sites

    960 avenue Fernand-Benoit F - 13090 Aix-en-Provence

    Excavation of this fortified town built by the Salyes, who occupied lower Provence in the 3C BC, revealed an evolved urban civilisation, albeit inhabited by folk with a penchant for nailing the heads of their enemies to the fronts of their houses, an..

  • 16 Cité du Livre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    des Allumettes F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    The superb Bibliothèque Méjanes, housed in a match factory that dates back to the end of the 19C, offers an array of services for literary types, as well as various cultural events.

  • 17 Château de la Pioline

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    260 rue Guillaume-du-Vair F - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

    Legend has it that Charles Quint once slept in this country seat, the oldest parts of which date from the 16C; it later found a vocation as a summer residence for members of the parliament of Aix. Now reincarnated as a hotel and restaurant, the châte..

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