Pavillon de Vendôme museum
Aix-en-Provence - Cultural place
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.
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Where to stay
Arc en Ciel
Enjoy a stay at a traditional family campsite, with no rented accommodation, for one night or a longer stay so you can visit Aix-en-Provence and the region. The campsite is 2 km from the centre of Aix-en-Provence. There are 55 campsite pitches in the sunshine or the shade for caravans, tents…
The beautiful residence which combines style and comfort has a privilege location in the heart of the city. Pierre & Vacances City is situated nearby the great fountain "la Rotonde" and the famous Cours Mirabeau. At your disposal : laundrette, indoor car park on charge. Bar and restaurant close by.
Résidence Odalys City Les Floridianes
The 4-star tourist residence Les Floridianes contains 4 apartments for 4 people and 58 studio flats for 2 people, all with air-conditioning. The residence has a private underground car park and an outdoor swimming pool (April to October). It is located 400 metres from the town centre. Les…
Villa Sheng An
"Sauzet" 240m2 architect's house. Large south-facing living room with French windows and panoramic views of Aix-en-Provence. Unwind in 4 air-conditioned master suites. Mezzanine, 4500m2 of grounds with football pitch, 12 x 5m pool. Large terrace with barbecue, garden furniture and outdoor table.…
Hôtel Le Pigonnet
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 style, the 45 rooms and suites provide 5-star service. Each room has its own style, and…
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Ibis Aix en Provence
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Bastide Sainte-Marie - N° 160764
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Things to do
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Les Trésors du Capricorne
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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.
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Where to eat
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.
La Belle Epoque
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L'Atelier des saisons
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