Visit of Aix-en-Provence

Aix en Provence: a town where water and the arts are ever-present...

Determinedly cultural and artistic, Aix en Provence has succeeded in hamoniously marrying tradition with modernity. Visitors will discover the ancient parts of the city, rich with ancient monuments and the presence of numerous museums. It is interesting to note that Aix en Provence is the town which saw Cézanne paint a large part of his work and where foundations, such as those of Vasarely and Saint John Perse, attract each year throngs of visitors.

The town of 17 fountains

Majestic or modest, ancient or modern, each one of them offers the passer-by historical testimonies of great variety.

To be visited:
the Fountain of Pascal,
the Fountain of the Three Ormeaux,
the Fountain of Espéluque,
the Fountain of Albertas...


The town Hall square
(place de l'Hôtel de Ville)

In the centre of the Square, a fountain designed by George Vallon recycles a roman column.

On flower market days, aromas, scents and local colours, as well as the freshness of the fountain give this place a much appreciated charm under the sun of Provence.

The Cours Mirabeau

For four Centuries now, the shade of its plane-trees - the characteristic platanes, the sumptuous frontages of its ancient town houses, its fountains and bar terraces, all have contributed to making the Cours Mirabeau a renowned and charming place to stroll and meet up with friends, old and new.

Les musées d'Aix en Provence
• The Museum of ancient Aix: 17, rue Gaston de Saporta
In a typically Provencal and refined setting, different popular artefacts of every day life are exhibited, along with a talking, mechanic, crib.
• Museum Granet: place Saint Jean de Malte - Arts, archeology, and Celto-Ligure statuary.
• The Museum of Tapestries (Musée des Tapisserie): In the ancient Archbishopric.
• Museum Arbaud: 2, rue du 4 Septembre - Fine china and paintings.
• Pavillon Vendôme: 32, rue Celony - Furniture, sculptures and 17th century paintings.
• Museum of Natural History: 6, rue d'Espariat
• Foundation Vasarely: avenue Marcel Pagnol. The Foundation, in addition to the exhibition of the artist's works, strives to develop the intervention of art in the town.

The churches
• The Church of Sainte Marie-Madeleine: This church must be visited, especially for the artistic riches it plays host to.
• The Cathedral Saint Sauveur: This sumptuous building is characterised by the juxtaposition of all different architectural styles.
• The cloister: Rebuilt on the site of a previous, more ancient one, forms a square of 12m by 12m, and is adorned bya framed timber ceiling.