Aix-en-Provence - Cultural place
This grid-pattern district was designed in the 17th century by Archbishop Mazarin, the Cardinal's brother. It was a "luxury housing estate" for members of Parliament and the bourgeoisie of the period, arranged around two main roads: rue Cardinale and rue du 4 Septembre.
Rue Cardinale: its name still recalls Archbishop Mazarin, who became a Cardinal. Its magnificent private mansions make it one of Aix's most attractive streets.
It crosses place de la fontaine des Quatre Dauphins the fountain dates from 1667 and was created by the sculptor Jean-Claude Rambot. Its circular basin is made of Sainte Beaume stone. Its four dolphins rest on waves with their fins raised, supporting the obelisk topped with pine cone, and illustrate the Baroque art that was so popular with Aix's nobility. The Mignet College where Paul Cezanne, Emile Zola, Darius Milhaud and many others have studied is also located in this street!
Rue Cardinale leads to the Church of Saint Jean de Malte and the Granet Museum.
The Church of Saint Jean de Malte stood on open ground before the construction of the Mazarin district it was the church of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (the future Order of Malta), established in Aix in the middle of the 12th century. It is designed in the Provençal Gothic style and has, above its nave, a 16th-century bell tower 67 metres high with an arrow at its top at sunset, its tapering proportions evoke the shape of a minaret. Next to the church is the Granet Museum, the city's art gallery.
The second thoroughfare of this district is rue du Quatre Septembre. This was the first street built when the city was enlarged. Mazarin named it rue Saint-Sauveur, after his church in Paris, but the locals called it rue des Quatre Dauphins, after the square it crossed.
In this street is the Arbaud Museum, named after its founder. In 1910 this erudite man bequeathed to the city of Aix one of the largest existing collections of Provençal pottery, and a large number of manuscripts and paintings. The Museum houses a regional library (closed for an indefinite period).
In the district ... rue Joseph Cabassol with Hôtel de Caumont built between 1715 and 1742 under the guidance of Georges Vallon for the Marquis of Cabanes, President of the Court of Auditors. It is now the Centre d'Art.
The district is crossed by Rue d'Italie, the oldest street in Aix, since it follows the route of the Aurelian Way where it entered the Roman colony.
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Where to stay
Château de la Pioline
Our hotel is surrounded by a green and shaded park of 4 acres, with a free private car-park, a 24/24 reception desk and concierge. The Castle building dates back of 16th century and has been fully renovated in 2011 and propose a full respect of the historic place but blended with a contemporary…
Les Années 50 - N° 140628
Dans une belle bastide du XIXème à seulement 3,5 km d'Aix en Provence, maison proposant un gîte, 2 chambres et 2 suites qui mettent en scène des ambiances uniques, décorées par Cristel, l'artiste de la maison, qui vous fera voyager à travers ses toiles exposées dans toute la maison.…
Hôtel des Augustins
Just a few yards away from Cours Mirabeau, near the museums, theatres, shops and restaurants, the 3-star Hotel des Augustins is a site filled with history, combining modernity and serenity at the heart of Aix-en-Provence. The lobby (a converted 15th century chapel) and the 28 comfortable rooms…
Appart'hôtel Odalys Atrium
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…
Les Hauts Pinchinats - N° 299
A green and peaceful setting in the Hauts Pinchinats valley near Aix. Fine decoration. Very comfortable gite in a pine forest of 300 sq.m. Groundfloor : living-room/kitchen (microwave, washing-machine, TV/Satellite channels, DVD; Wi-Fi). Shower-room/toilet. 1st floor : 1 bedroom with a double bed…
Le Juvenal - N° 4015
Logement temporaire : transition professionnelle, formation, tourisme ... Appartement situé à 5 minutes de la Rotonde et à 3 minutes à pied des Allées Provençales connues pour leurs boutiques. Ce logement propose une cuisine ouverte, rénovée et équipée (lave-vaisselle, four à…
Hôtel Olympe - A.D.I.J.
This small hotel is located south, near the exit of the Pont de l'Arc, a few steps from CREPS. Parking, rooms with shower and toilet, telephone. The restaurant offers three buffets for a full meal. The hotel is not near the center, it requires a car for evenings in town.
This attractive guest establishment teeming with Provençal charm, oleander, terraces and parasols, is an open invitation to extend summer and holidays. With its ideal location in town, Le Mozart is the perfect starting point to set out on a discovery tour of Old Aix (free outside parking,…
Things to do
The Atelier Buffile was founded in Aix-en-Provence in 1945. We are continuing the regional tradition of faience-making. For three generations, creative work for galleries or architecture have always been accompanied by a tradition in tableware that has continued down the years with pure designs…
During your stay in Aix en Provence you will be invited to travel in time. Your steps will take you to an outstanding architectural and cultural heritage. Keep your eyes open: the city's treasures can be seen at every crossroads. To the north of the city, Bourg Saint Sauveur occupies the site…
6MIC : salle des musiques actuelles
The 6MIC is an outstanding cultural facility. It is both a concert venue and a set of tools for artistic creation and development. Opening in March 2020, it will give pride of place to a wide-ranging and high-quality programme. All through the year, the two rooms with a capacity for 800 and 2000…
Bo La Suite
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.
Where to eat
The wine bar is just a short walk from Place Madeleine, Place Prêcheurs and Place Verdun at the heart of Aix nightlife. The wine merchant offers a wide selection of wines to enjoy with a meal or an aperitif. The restaurant offers a menu featuring delicious Mediterranean cuisine made with fresh…
Chef Clément - Cuisinier à domicile
Chef Clement offers workshops / private lessons for all ages (children and adults) and everyone up to 10 people, with friends or family. Chef Clement comes to your home in Aix-en-Provence or its surroundings for cooking classes Theme: Provencal cuisine, macarons, pastries of all kinds, siphons,…
Koji and Yuriko Someya welcome and introduce you to all the freshness and exceptional finesse of Japanese gastronomy at lunchtime and evenings. In a simple, chic setting, enjoy all the enchantment and magic of Japan. Taste the subtle and refined flavours of a cuisine known for its delicacy. Take…
Le grenier de grand-mère
Le grenier de chez grand-mère serves Provencal home cooking using fresh produce in a warm and friendly setting just minutes from Cours Sextius, Les Allées and Cours Mirabeau. The menu features veal stew, tuna tartare, rabbit stew, pan-fried veal and hand-cut beef tartare. The restaurant also…