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Do you plan to spend a vacation in France? In this case, consider visiting the charming city of Aix-en-Provence that is located in a beautiful mountain region near the mountain massifs of Luberon and Marseille. This is a charming city with carefully preserved palaces that once were homes of the Provence’s nobility. Buildings in Baroque style, old cobblestone streets, mansions with forged iron balconies, and numerous fountains create a truly mesmerizing picture. Nowadays, this is a vibrant and actively developing city. This success has become possible partially thanks to a university with students from different parts of the world. Of course, it would be a mistake not to mention famous local festivals.
The history of Aix-en-Provence started in the 4th century BC when Celto-Ligyes occupied this part of Provence. The year 123 became a turning point for the history of the city as the Roman consul Sextius Calvinus founded Aquae Sextiae, a thermal resort for soldiers. The region enters a period of prosperity in the 12th century during the reign of Counts of Provence from the Houses of Barcelona and the Anjou dynasty. They introduced the tradition of various concerts, carnivals, and posh celebrations.
This region became a center of trade and high culture in the 15th century. University education developed in the region quickly. The Duke of Anjou liked parties and holidays, so different celebrations became more frequent during his reign. Many of these events lasted several days. By the end of the 15th century, Provence became a part of France, and this region got the status of a capital city. Aix-en-Provence kept developing, and so many Baroque buildings appeared here. The city attracted many talented painters, and famous writers created their best works inspired by the beauty of this region. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Having arrived in Aix-en-Provence, don’t forget to try local food specialties. The city’s restaurants offer delicious fish and basil soup famous for its refined taste. Besides this, visitors can order incredibly delicious meat stew cooked in accordance with a special recipe. The local cuisine has a diverse menu, so tourists can always choose dishes that can satisfy their hunger and amaze with unique taste and aroma.
Start your acquaintance with Aix-en-Provence with the quarters in the Old Town. Streets in this part of the city are reminiscent of a labyrinth. However, tourists do not need to worry that they can get lost because there are many squares with fountains. Tourists can relax near these fountains and then continue their adventure. When exploring old streets of the city, travelers will see the beautiful Madeleine Church that is decorated with works of famous artist Peter Paul Rubens. This architectural landmark deserves the attention of travelers, so it is recommended to visit it.
Local squares are full of interesting architectural landmarks that are not available in other cities of the world. Richelme Square is a charming place bordered by the former Corn Exchange Hall. There is an interesting attraction nearby – the foot of Cybele. This ancient Greek goddess was considered the mother of gods. Having visited Place de l'Hôtel de ville, head to Gaston de Saporta Street, and you will see the Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur. This is a beautiful cathedral that is equally fantastic inside and outside. Enter the church in order to see the exquisite medieval décor of the shrine. Every day, residents and guests of the city look at Virgin Mary who is holding a baby.
There are several interesting museums in Aix-en-Provence, and the Tapestry Museum (Musée des Tapisseries) is one of them. It exhibits a large collection of items of different types. By the way, the word tapestry doesn’t necessarily mean a textile or woven piece. There are many different types of tapestries, including the ones made from raffia and feathers.
If you visit the capital of Provence in June, you will be able to participate in a wonderful festival, Musique dans la rue. Music of different styles plays in the streets of Aix-en-Provence at this time of the year. Jazz, opera, electronic music, folk music, and rock linger virtually everywhere. Concerts of local musicians specializing in different music styles entertain residents and guests of Aix-en-Provence from early in the morning and until late at night. Guests of the city are welcome to join the fun and indulge themselves in this world of music and singing.
The beginning of summer is the time for another music festival in the city, namely, Le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. This event attracts opera singers, masters of scenic art, and musicians who are glad to show their talents to guests of the festival. If you are a young vocalist or musician, this is a fantastic chance to perform at one of master classes organized for young talents.
How can tourists reach this gem of France? In order to get to Aix-en-Provence, tourists can use the services of the nearby airport located in Marseille. There is a direct bus to Aix-en-Provence from the airport. It is also possible to take a train that departs from Paris. It takes approximately three hours to reach Aix-en-Provence by train, and you will be able to see many beautiful places during the ride.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Aix-en-Provence
♥   Castle 'Château de Ners' Bouches-du-Rhône, 19.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Vernègues' Bouches-du-Rhône, 26.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Lourmarin' Vaucluse, 27 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de If' Bouches-du-Rhône, 29.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de L’Empéri' Bouches-du-Rhône, 30.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Aix-en-Provence
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Luberon' , 26.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Verdon' , 43.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Alpilles' , 57.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Camargue' , 69.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Baronnies provençales' , 99.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Aix-en-Provence and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée Granet' Aix-en-Provence, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée Grobet-Labadié' Marseille, 25.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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From the series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
By 1825, they were all resettled, and already in 1830 the first theatrical performance took place in the amphitheater. During numerous reconstructions, architects managed to preserve the former grandeur of the ancient monument. The length of its ellipsoidal arena is 136 meters, and its width is 107 meters. The building has also preserved its incredible acoustic features. Performances taking place in the ancient theatre will impress even the most experienced travellers. … Read further
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