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Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur or Aix Cathedral has elements spanning from the 6th to 19th centuries, with its architecture being a unique blend of Romanesque, Gothic and neo-Gothic styles.
Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur or Aix Cathedral has elements spanning from the 6th to 19th centuries, with its architecture being a unique blend of Romanesque, Gothic and neo-Gothic styles. The 6th century baptisery is still around, while the Romanesque cloister dates back to the 12th century. The Gothic facade and carved doors belong to the 16th century. While several artistic features of the cathedral were destroyed during the French Revolution, there are still some important works of art housed here, including the 15th century Triptyque du Buisson Ardent (The Burning Bush) triptych by Nicolas Froment, and a set of 17 tapestries on the life of Christ originally woven in 1511 for Canterbury Cathedral in England.
The Archbishop's Palace was once the residence of the archbishop of Aix, but today houses the Musee des Tapisseries (Tapestry Museum) on the 1st floor, displaying 17th and 18th century tapestries
Joseph Sec was a master carpenter, timber merchant and Jacobin He commissioned a masonic monument with statues representing figures from the Old Testament, New Testament and other ideals, which stand as a rare example of architecture from the time of the French Revolution
The Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) on Place de l'Hotel de Ville in the Old Town is a striking building in Italian style, built between 1655 and 1678 to plans by architect Pierre Pavillon, with sculptures by Jean -Claude Rambot and Jacques Fossé
Place de l'Hotel-de-Ville is the main square at the heart of Aix-en-Provence, surrounded by beautiful historical buildings such as the Town Hall, Belfry, and Corn Exchange
To the north of Cours Mirabeau lies the historic and charming Vieil-Aix or Old Town, with narrow streets lined with shops and restaurants, and colorful weekend markets
The Corn Exchange, built in 1754 on the Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville to designs by the Vallons, was once a granary but today houses the post office and public library
Thermes Sextius is a spa in Aix with natural thermal spring water
Place d'Albertas is a beautiful square surrounded by mansions of the d'Albertas with a fountain in the centre
The Caumont Centre d'Art is a new art gallery housed in an elegant 18th century house with tastefully furnished period rooms, rococo tea rooms and well-manicured classic French gardens
The Palais de Justice (Law Courts) is the second most important Appeals Court in France after the one in Paris