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Aix-en-Provence France - The City Of A Thousand Fountains

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Founded by Romans who were drawn by the thermal springs, Aix-en-Provence France is famous for water, water everywhere – it’s know as ‘the city of a thousand fountains’. Noteworthy examples are the Great Fountain of 1860 on La Rotonde in the town centre, the hot-water fountain from 1734, the Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (1667) and the 19th century Fontaine du Bon Roi Rene. You may not find them all, but you’ll certainly pass several as you explore the ancient core of this captivating place. The Course Mirabeau is a wide avenue dividing the city into old and new with the old town’s irregular streets and heritage building to the north, and that’s the directin to go. On the site of Roman town in Aix-en-Provence France is Bourg-Saint-Sauveur, stretching from the Cathedrale-Saint-Sauveur to the Italianate Town Hall on the picturesque Place de la Maire. The Cathedrale summarizes Aix’s history in a single building. Begun in the 5th century on Roman foundations, this magnificent edifice was added to over many centuries in three styles (Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque) before work ceased in the 18th century. The Archbishop’s Place dates from the 16th/17th centuries and is now a tapestry museum and cultural venue.

Aix-en-Provence France

Other highlights in Aix-en-Provence France include the clock tower, a former 16th-century belfry, spanning the street on Roman foundations with an astronomical clock containing four wooden statues. The Four Seasons fountain contains a Roman column. The pedestrian Cite Comtale is a delightful shopping area, whilst Rue Gaston de Saporta is an ancient street with wonderful buildings. The Corn Exchange is a bold 18th-Century statement with a fine pediment and decorative motifs. This Place and Hotel d’Albertas were created by a prominent Aixois family in the 18th century, and are magical (the inevitable fountain came later!)

Hotel Deville In Aix-en-Provence France

Hotel Deville In Aix-en-Provence France | Source : en.wikipedia.org

Population Of Aix-en-Provence France

140.000 92005)

When To Travel To Aix-en-Provence France

June, for the free Street Music Festival, or July for the city’s Festival of Lyric Art – the weather should be not and dry, but with a cooling breeze.

Don’t Miss To Visit This Place In Aix-en-Provence France

  • A Stunning triptych of the ‘Burning Bush” in the cathedral, painted around 1476 for King Rene (he’s on the left, sirrounded by saints) – see also some amazing woodcarving.
  • The Madeleine Church – a former13th – century convent rebuilt around 1700, now a museum with works by local artists.
  • The simple, but beautiful 15th-century Espeluque Fountain, moved to the square of the Archbishop’s Palace in 1756.
  • Aix’s famous brasserie, Les Deux Garcons (built in 1792) – ask to be shown to Ernest Hemingway’s table….or Cezanne’s (he was born and buried in Aix – you can do a Cezanne tour).
  • The dinosaurs (or their last remains) – a splendid collection of fossils found around the Saint Victoire Mountains, displayed in the stately Holel Boyer D’Eguilles.

You Should Know About Aix-en-Provence France

The bathing establishment at Aix’s hot springs was built in 1705, but traces of the original Roman Baths remains.

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