Aix-en-Provence - Cultural place
The cathedral was built on the site of a temple to Apollo, so the legend goes, between the 5th to the 18th century.
The variety of its architecture is immediately visible on its frontage: to the right, or south, the 12th-century Romanesque gate adjoins a Roman wall, while to the left (north), the huge, richly carved Gothic gate from the 15th and 16th centuries is surmounted to the north by a bell tower erected between 1323 and 1425.
Inside are three naves of different styles (Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque), which flank the octagonal font which rests on a stand dating back to the 5th century.
Its central basin recalls the ancient rite of baptism by immersion. Crossing the chancel, we reach the cloister, built at the close of the 12th century.
It is a place which breathes tranquillity and elegance. Small in size, built with solid galleries, while the rich and varied decorations of the pillars are inspired by the animal and plant kingdoms, by fantasy and by the symbols of the evangelists.
As for the organ, the green and gold case was built by Jean-Esprit Isnard in 1745 and the instrumental part by De Ducroquet dates from 1855 both are listed historical monuments.
The organ was restored by Jean Dunand in 1972.
Wheelchair users wishing to visit the Cathedral should call the Cathédrale Vivante association on 04 42 23 47 40.
- Car park
Information provided by OT Aix en Provence
34 Place Des Martyrs de la Résistance
- 04 42 23 45 65
Where to stay
A La Maison - N° 130413
In a beautiful ancient country-house of the XIXth 4 km from Aix-en-Provence, 3 non smoker rooms with unique atmospheres marrying colors, fancy, movable mocked and contemporary spirit. Christophe and Cristel welcome you in family, and will share the pleasure they had to imagine the decoration of…
The luxury building is ideally located in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, close to the Rotonde and Cours Mirabeau. This location allows to enjoy the charm of the city, its markets, its shops, dynamism of Les Allées Provençales and the Grand Theatre de Provence. Apartment of 45 m2 with a…
Le Vieux Moulin
Endroit très calme et plein de charme, situé au bord de la rivière face aux vignobles de Château Simone (AOC Palette). La Maison est un ancien moulin à eau qui a été construit sous François 1er en 1510. Au fil des siècles le moulin a été modernisé et la bâtisse a été agrandie…
Décoration soignée. Pièce principale avec 1 canapé lit bateau /2 pers (2X80X190), kitchenette et espace nuit avec 1 lit/2 pers. Salle d'eau avec WC. Terrasse donnant sur 1 jardinet de 70 m² avec mobilier de jardin. Barbecue. Stationnement intérieur clos avec portail automatique. Connexion…
Hôtel B&B Le Tholonet
A quelques minutes du centre d'Aix-en-Provence en voiture et proche du massif de la Montagne Sainte-Victoire, l'hôtel B&B Aix Le Tholonet se trouve à l'entrée de Palette. Juste à côté des commerces du Domaine de l'Escapade il offre bien-être et accueil personnalisé au meilleur prix, 24…
Things to do
Nature en soi
Nature en soi propose aussi des initiations aux techniques de survie, en passant par la reconnaissance des plantes et des animaux et par l'histoire géologique, culturelle, traditionnelle, et même folklorique. Autant d'animations pédagogiques auxquelles s'ajoutent des ateliers d'arts, de…
Cinéma Le Cézanne provides 1539 seats and 9 screens for the general public. Disabled facilities: all screens have induction loops for the hard of hearing and 3 screens (n° 3, 4 et 5) have wheelchair access via the lift. Films in French (VF) and original version (VO). Special screenings…
Theatre for creation, training and public awareness. Theatre for creation: - contemporary plays, theatrical vigils, improvisations and young audience creations-Lecture plus. Theatre for training: - in-company professional training for 10 acting students "La compagnie d'entraînement" -…
Aix & Co
Le concept store propose également des ateliers divers et variés pour développer sa créativité. Mais Aix & Co c'est avant tout un endroit où on aime partager, discuter et diffuser un positivisme contagieux. Laëtitia Macquin, à l'initiative du projet met un point d'honneur à vous faire…
Be by Cat
Be by Cat is an Aix brand of bohemian style jewellery which navigates between the islands and the city. Keshis, Tahitian pearls, are a source of inspiration. The designer, Cat, likes to break the mould. The raw materials such as pyrite or lava flirt with the softness of the keshis and…
Right at the heart of the city, The Comedie d'Aix offers a rich and varied programme all the year. Snacks and light meals are available in the theatre on performance evenings. The Pasteur and Bellegarde car parks are just 4 and 6 minutes away from the theatre on foot. Bus stops nearby:…
Bastide du Jas de Bouffan
The Bastide is closed for refurbishment. For lovers of Cezanne in France and around the world, as well as for the residents of Aix and Provence, the Jas de Bouffan estate, never before opened to the general public, is a fascinating attraction, a place which retains an aura of mystique despite…
Where to eat
Koï Sushi bar
In a glamorous designer decor, our sishi chef concocts sushis, makis, californias and other specialities of Japanese cuisine. Eat on the Zen terrace with its square planters and enjoy the view of Cours Mirabeau. Geisha is an acronym (in French) for taste + event + inventiveness + sensuality +…
This Moroccan restaurant is in the historic centre of Aix-en-Provence, between the Town Hall and the Rotonde fountain, near Cours Mirabeau. It is inside the former Cordeliers Abbey, a listed historical monument, which adds its charm to the already refined, discreet oriental decor. In summer, eat…
Discover the Léopold brasserie, with its Provençal specialities and brasserie food. On the ground floor of Hôtel Saint Christophe, the brasserie has meeting rooms and offers study day and conference formulas. Wifi and audiovisual equipment available for customers.
Sanctuary Coffee & Kitchen
Sanctuary Coffee & Kitchen, an organic plant-based restaurant and coffee shop. Organic veggie dishes that taste good and do good. The eatery puts its passion and positivity into making delicious and hearty plant-based dishes on-site every day. There's a dish of the day to celebrate the…
Marché Pancakes is a pancakes bar located in the historic heart of Aix-en-Provence which offers salty or sweet pancakes home made, cooked minute "à la plancha". possibility to take away. The restaurant also suggests beers, ciders, wines and juices, 75% Bio.
Yoji is a high-quality fast-food café-restaurant. Serving sushi, sashimi & norimaki, popular seasonal Japanese cuisine, and a coffee and pastries menu. YOJISU also sells a wide selection of Japanese groceries, sake and crockery, and gives cookery classes on various themes.