[ Closed until further notice ] Pavillon de Vendôme museum

Aix en Provence - Cultural place

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The Pavillon Vendôme is the most attractive folie bequeathed to us by the 17th century. It was built at the request of Louis de Mercoeur, Duke of Vendôme. The grandson of Henry IV and Gabrielle d'Estrées, he was appointed Governer of Provence in 1652.

Legend has it that the prince fell in love with Lucrèce de Forbin Solliès, known as the "Belle du Canet", and had this "folie" built for her.
A series of owners succeeded him. In 1906, Henri Dobler, an enlightened art-lover, bought and restored the Pavillon and obtained official recognition for it. In 1914, the Pavillon de Vendôme became the first building in Aix to be listed as a Historic Monument. Dobler bequeathed the building and collections to the City of Aix, and the site was opened to the public as a museum on 8 July 1954.

The double helix staircase in the Pavillon de Vendôme is one of the finest of the Aix series and dates from the early 18th century. It combines a harmonious structure with grandiose decoration. The cast-iron handrail and the plasterwork, garlands, putti and eagle sculptures combine to produce a majestic Baroque effect.

The immense French-style garden has been listed among the Historic Monuments since 1953.
The Pavillon de Vendôme Museum collection is made up of works from the 17th until the early 21st century, including an important group of graphic art works. It regularly hosts contemporary art exhibitions, helping to develop a dialogue between cultural heritage and contemporary creation.
The museum is listed as a historic monument.

Information provided by OT Aix en Provence

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Where to stay

Best Western Le Galice
Hotel

Best Western Le Galice

Aix en Provence

Situated close to the town centre, the Best Western Galice of Aix en Provence is ideal for the both business and leisure travellers. At your disposal : superb holiday inn bedrooms, restaurant and bar, outdoor swimming pool, underground private parking, selection of meeting rooms. Baby sitting on…

Grand Hotel Roi René Aix en Provence - MGallery
Hotel

Grand Hotel Roi René Aix en Provence - MGallery

Aix en Provence

A stone's throw from the Cours Mirabeau and the historic center of Aix-en-Provence, the Grand Hôtel Roi René is the ideal place for your getaway in the city of Aix and the surrounding area. Discover the intimate ambience of the Grand Hotel Roi René Aix-en-Provence. Surrender to the comfort of…

Hôtel du Globe
Hotel

Hôtel du Globe

Aix en Provence

This hotel is situated in the centre of the old town, near by the "Therms". The style is modern, it's a comfortable and charm hotel. There is a terrace on the roof. Private garage. You may ask for avalaibility. No smoking etablishment

Les Chênes
B&B

Les Chênes

Le Tholonet

A proximité de l'emblématique route Cézanne, tout près du centre ville d'Aix-en-Provence, profitez du calme dans l'environnement naturel exceptionnel du vallon des gardes ! Gourmets ou gastronomes avertis, profitez sur demande des talents culinaires du propriétaire des lieux qui donne avec…

[Closed until further notice] Aquabella
Hotel

[Closed until further notice] Aquabella

Aix en Provence

Right in full heart of the old Aix-en-Provence, at the feet of the old city, Sextius thermal baths and the Fitness center. medieval fortifications. Attached to the This modern establishment consists of 108 rooms Provence oriented decoration. Bathroom equipped with a bath-tub, independent toilets,…

Escale Oceania Aix en Provence
Hotel

Escale Oceania Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence

The hotel is ideally located on the outskirts of Aix. it is very easy to reach, completely renovated and just 5-minute drive to the town centre. The hotel offers you all the modern comfort of a 3-star hotel: 90 rooms, a simple and convivial bar-lounge with catering, a fitness room, a swimming…

Appart'hôtel Odalys Atrium
Resort

Appart'hôtel Odalys Atrium

Aix en Provence

Located in an important and dynamic part of the town, near the conference centre and the pedestrian streets of the town centre, this residence welcomes you to its charming and typical Provencal surroundings. A large lobby, breakfast room, meeting room and solarium are here to satisfy the…

[Closed until further notice] Hôtel Le Pigonnet
Hotel

[Closed until further notice] Hôtel Le Pigonnet

Aix en Provence

Le Pigonnet is a delightful upmarket hotel a step or two away from the centre of Aix-en-Provence. This elegant former Provençal bastide combines 18th century refinement with a contemporary style to provide guests with a relaxing experience in an environment of luxury and serenity. In a refined…

[Closed until further notice] Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hôtel
Hotel

[Closed until further notice] Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hôtel

Aix en Provence

Located in the heart of the city, Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel is a 5-star haven for business and leisure travel. Unwind amid beautifully appointed rooms and suites with contemporary amenities and distinctive décor, inspired by the symbols of Provence. Savor distinctive cuisine from…

Things to do

Occadeco - Location de vélos
Outdoor leisure

Occadeco - Location de vélos

Aix en Provence

Occadeco is a large shop specialised in bric-à-brac and second-hand objects, located just next to the Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office. This was the first establishment to rent out bicycles in Aix, and cycling fans continue to benefit from a choice of all-terrain and hybrid bicycles rented out…

Fromagerie Lemarié
Shopping gourmand

Fromagerie Lemarié

Aix en Provence

A cheese enthusiast, Benoit Lemarié welcomes you to his shop Rue d'Italie for a wide choice of cheeses... Guests can choose from over 150 varieties, also a choice of cream and white cheese. We arrange the best cheese platters for your party tables or any entertaining party.

Théâtre Les Gazelles
Cultural place

Théâtre Les Gazelles

Aix en Provence

Théâtre Les Gazelles hosts an all-round schedule and free year-round workshops for students and beginners who want to experience the joys of acting and the stage and/or experienced visitors who want to expand their knowledge and stage work. Weekly workshops are available and run by theatre…

Glam Lab
Fashion / shopping

Glam Lab

Aix en Provence

Le Glam Lab propose une sélection pointue d'accessoires de jeunes créateurs. Les bijoux Miss Pompon, les robes, jupes et pulls Grace and Mila, les sacs en cuir recyclé Soruka ... De Amélie Blaise en passant par RAS, toutes les marques présentées dans la boutique reflètent la féminité.

Bo La Suite
Fashion / shopping

Bo La Suite

Aix en Provence

BO La Suite est un peu votre armoire idéale. Les accessoires et les quelques jolis vêtements casual ne sont présents qu'en série limitée voire en pièces uniques. Dans une ambiance colorée mais épurée, on trouve les bijoux de la marseillaise Virginie Etc ou de l'aixoise Les Galinettes.

Aquae Maltae - Brasserie de Provence
Producer

Aquae Maltae - Brasserie de Provence

Aix en Provence

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[ Reopening ] Aix-en-Provence shop - Confiserie du Roy René
Souvenirs shopping

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Aix en Provence

With a workshop, the new shop is a privileged meeting point for all calisson lovers and other Provenal delicacies. The confectioner's whole swetery collection offers calissons, nougats, almond paste, biscuits, creams of calissons, chocolates and ice creams in the summer. Back of the store, a…

Atelier des potiers
Clay - Pottery - Ceramic

Atelier des potiers

Aix en Provence

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Petite Mila
Craftsman

Petite Mila

Aix en Provence

Petite Mila is a French brand that has been producing graphic designs based on organic cotton for 4 years now. You can see all the brand's designs on its website.

Where to eat

Le Petit Verdot
Food guide restaurant

Le Petit Verdot

Aix en Provence

Wine bar, traditional Provençal and Mediterranean cuisine.

Campanile Aix-en-Provence Sud - Pont de l'Arc - Gril
Cuisine de Provence

Campanile Aix-en-Provence Sud - Pont de l'Arc - Gril

Aix en Provence

Five minutes from the city centre, on the banks of the Arc river, enjoy the restaurant's tranquillity and traditional cuisine with unlimited buffets. The restaurant was renovated in March 2011.

Le Novo
Table 13

Le Novo

Aix en Provence

Just pick a time… A typical French bistro in the morning, Italian-style brasserie at lunchtime and cocktail and tapas bar in the evening, Le Novo, with its high tables, counter, wine racks and club-style neon lighting, changes clothes three times a day as the temperature rises and the…

Le Poivre d'Ane
Food guide restaurant

Le Poivre d'Ane

Aix en Provence

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Pointe Noire
Food guide restaurant

Pointe Noire

Aix en Provence

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Le Garde Manger
Cuisine de Provence

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Aix en Provence

300m² café on the site of the long-defunct Bistrot Aixois. New York feel with a cosy first floor lounge. Available to hire for meetings or seminars. Le Garde-Manger serves cake and warm pastries for breakfast from 7.30am. It serves hot dishes and salads of the day for lunch that are made on…

Les caves Henri IV by Le Formal
Food guide restaurant

Les caves Henri IV by Le Formal

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Lautraix Restaurant
Food guide restaurant

Lautraix Restaurant

Aix en Provence

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Vintrépide
Food guide restaurant

Vintrépide

Aix en Provence

Market products and good wine.

Inspirations

Figs

Figs

Francis lived happily close beside his tree...

Picked ripe from the tree, figs are simply to die for. They can also be scattered on trays and left to dry in the sun for 3 days: "That's the best way to keep your figs all winter – we serve figs at Christmas as one of Provence's famous 13 Desserts," smiles Jacqueline Honoré.

Chichis and panisses

Chichis and panisses

What will it be - 'Chichis Frégis' or 'Panisses'?! Make your choice at The Estaque quarter of Marseille.

The bouillabaisse of Marseille

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Bouillabaisse, an ancient treasure and epic adventure...

Sardines

Sardines

Terroir

This summer fish is the stuff both legends and dishes are made of