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Culture of Aix-en-Provence. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Many tourists start their excursion in the city with the historic district of Vieil Aix. This part of Aix-en-Provence is a winding labyrinth of picturesque streets and squares. Place de l'Hôtel de Ville is an old square that is located in the center of the historic district. The most famous attractions of Aix-en-Provence are located around the square. Tourists can see the building of the old town hall here. It was built in the 17th century and has an original design of the façade.
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The old bell tower, which was built in the 16th century, is located nearby. The attractive building has almost not changed its look over the centuries. The bell tower even still has the astronomic clock that was installed in 1661. A beautiful fountain is located in the center of the main square. Several attractive old streets start here. Many streets in the historic city center are pedestrian-only, and this makes it even more comfortable to explore Aix-en-Provence on foot.
Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur is well-known as one of the major symbols of Aix-en-Provence. The beautiful church was built in the 12th century. There was an ancient Roman forum on the site of the cathedral in the antiquity period. The cathedral was built on the ruins of that building. Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur was restored and rebuilt several times in the past, that’s why it is easy to see elements of different architectural styles in the design of the building. Beautiful sculptures of patron saints decorate the façade of the church. Many talented French masters worked on the gorgeous design of the cathedral. Step inside Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur to see elegant chestnut details and unique old icons that were made more than 500 years ago. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Eglise de la Madeleine is a no less interesting religious landmark, the construction of which started in the 17th century and lasted almost one hundred years. Starting from the opening, the church has been famous for its inimitable artistic design. There was a Dominican monastery on the site of the current church more than a thousand years ago. The monastery became abandoned and deteriorated with time. After this, it was decided to use fragments of the ruins to build a new church. Eglise de la Madeleine had only one major restoration that happened in the 19th century. Today, the church keeps a unique collection of religious paintings. The altar made of rock crystal is one of the main decorations in Eglise de la Madeleine.
There are many interesting museums in Aix-en-Provence. For example, Musée Granet is open in an ancient Maltese palace. Its collection features many precious paintings including works of the most famous French artists. Fans of Rembrandt and Ingres will find it interesting to visit the gallery. The age of some paintings is more than 600 years. A large part of the exhibition is dedicated to works of impressionist painters. Musée Granet has a large collection of works of Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Cezanne. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum frequently hosts interesting temporary exhibitions.
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Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle d’Aix-en-Provence is open in a beautiful old mansion surrounded by a large park zone. The collection of this museum of natural history is diverse. Fossils with fragments of prehistoric insects and animals are the most valuable exhibited items. Absolutely all artifacts exhibited in the museum were discovered during excavations in the region. An exhibition dedicated to the nature of Provence is also very interesting to visit. Visitors can learn more about animals and birds that live in local forests. The collection also includes over 2,000 taxidermied specimens. The museum’s building is an interesting architectural attraction. If you visit it in summer, don’t forget to take a walk in the adjacent landscaped garden.
Musée des Tapisseries is one more establishment that is worth visiting. This museum is also open in one of the most beautiful buildings in Aix-en-Provence. Musée des Tapisseries exhibits a gorgeous collection of tapestries made in the 17th-18th centuries. You will be able to admire tapestries that immortalized many important historic events and scenes from the popular books of that time.
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Palais de l'Archevêché, the palace in which the museum is open, is an interesting architectural attraction. Sculptures and bas-reliefs decorate the façade of the building. The former bishop’s palace still has old windows and other original elements of décor. A scene is installed on the square in front of the palace in summer, and so visitors can listen to music concerts or watch theatrical plays here.
When mentioning the main symbols of the city, it would be a mistake to forget about Cours Mirabeau. The beautiful boulevard is one of the most popular promenade destinations for locals and guests of Aix-en-Provence. Cours Mirabeau is like a border between the old and new parts of the city. Many buildings here date back to the mid-17th century.
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Aix-en-Provence
♥   Palace 'Palais des Papes' , 69.5 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
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Aix-en-Provence
♥   Basilique Saint-Victor, Marseille, 27.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Sacré-Cœur, Marseille, 28 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille, 28 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Sainte-Anne, Apt, 38.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Notre-Dame et Saint-Véran, Cavaillon, 47.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Notre-Dame du Bourguet, Forcalquier, 54.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure ou de-la-Sède, Toulon, 60.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Aix-en-Provence

Culture guide to Aix-en-Provence. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Aix-en-Provence: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Aix-en-Provence. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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