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    Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte

    by Beausoleil Written Jul 10, 2015

    From Parking Carnot, we walked toward central Aix and quickly arrived at the lovely Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte beside the Musée Granet. The museum was closed on Monday so we entered the church instead. The church is free; the museum is not. The church is 13th century Gothic and well worth a visit.

    The church dates from the 13th century but the windows date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For those of you interested in art, there is a Crucifixion by Delacroix that is not to be missed. A disciple of Caravaggio painted a Resurrection that is over the main altar. Some of the more modern stained glass is by Henri Guérin in 1984, a real difference from the older stained glass. If you have a sunny day, the stained glass is stunning.

    Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte Three new bells
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    Tour de l'Horloge, AeP

    by gwened Written Jul 8, 2015

    A must and a wonderful area to eat and mingle in town, my favorite area. It's a wonderful tower and I could not describe it as well as the expert clockones of France from which I am translating this page with more wonderful photos, enjoy it
    http://www.patrimoine-horloge.fr/as-aix.html

    The tower was built in 1510 and it is the most ancient monument of Aix-en-Provence. It has a special character. Knowing that nearly four centuries, a clock worked in this place suggesting the passage of time. On the platform, there are extraordinary views of the city.

    The Tower braces with flamboyant charm wears a Roland 16C campanile. It contains the Bell of the Ban which meant you can see the suburbs, outside of the city. The original model of this clock, known as the 7 planets, was built in 1555. There were 7 Walnut wood statues: the Sun, the Moon, Mars, mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. Some vestiges remain in very good state of conservation and borrowed solemnity.

    In 1566 and 1593, repairs took place on the clock and then in 1603, were added a new cadran dial. In 1738, the repaired clock mechanism,was transformed at the end of the 18C. It is probably at this time that were recovered 4 of 7 statues of walnut to create the platform of the four current seasons: - Venus, summer - March, the winter - Jupiter, autumn, and Mercury, spring. The platform, after careful examen, seems to have not been connected to any mechanism, and was turned manually every three months. A large rotating wooden tray, supporting four wonderful statues, faces an opening in the wall and clock facing the square, the cycle of the seasons.

    The large astronomical dial is off. The mechanism used is no longer there. The moon no longer gives its neighbourhoods, or the day of the month. The time dial from the top has more statues of day and night, and was copied in the style of the astronomical clock. It's probably circa 1930 that a mechanical clock was put in place, giving the hours and minutes. In 1990, Mr Vinci gave the last round of hand crank in order to remount the weight of this beautiful mechanical clock "Paul Garnier" of Paris, in perfect condition and which does not require a be restored and exhibited in the hall of the Town Hall. Currently ,disconnected from this mechanism, the clock works electrically. The weight of 150kg about is still in its place hanging from its cable.

    Indeed it is beautiful and like I said great area to hang about with the family.

    tour de l'Horloge left h��tel de ville place de l'h��tel de ville and clocktower
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    Atelier or studio shop of Cezanne, AeP

    by gwened Written Jul 8, 2015

    This one was passing but a worthwhile detour for many, the workshop house of Paul Cezanne the famous painter .He had others but this one seems nice.
    open October 1st to March 31st from 10h-12h and 14h-17h , it has Tour in English at 16h; and April 1st to June 30 and September 1 to 30th from 10h-12h and 14h-18h, Tour in English at 17h, and July 1 to August 31st from 10h to 18h, Tour in English at 17h, see official site for updates.
    more in tourist office here in English
    http://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/en/things-to-do/activities-and-attractions/?detail=2643

    a pleasant stop perhaps for the family or the art aficionado.

    passing by studio of Cezanne
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    Church of the Holy Spirit

    by Maryimelda Updated Nov 13, 2012

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    As I said earlier I was extremely laid back on my day in Aix. So laid back in fact, that I didn't even take the time to get my camera out of my bag but chose to take photos on my phone ( and not very good photos at that).

    This was a lovely church however, right in the centre of the Old Town and it featured a wonderful gilded statue of Pope John Paul II as well as one of the most brilliant paintings of the Crucifixion that I have ever seen. The church dates back to the first half of the eighteenth century. Please pardon the blurry photos.

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    Paul Cezanne

    by Maryimelda Updated Nov 12, 2012

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    Aix en Provences's favourite son is of course the Post Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne. He was born in Aix and died in Aix at the age of 67. He had a very colourful artistic career with his style of painting going through various changes throughout. Cezanne went through a particularly dark few years mid-career which is attributed to bouts of severe depression. At this time his paintings were often referred to as macabre as he painted the most dark and depressing subjects set in amongst other places, the morgue. One of his significant paintings during this time was titled "House of the Hanged Man". He was born in 1839 and died in 1906.

    The house inwhich he lived is now open to the public and whilst there is a small charge to enter the house, the gardens can be visited free of charge. This wonderful statue can be found in the inner city not far from the Rotunda Fountain.

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    A wonderful maze of streets

    by Maryimelda Written Nov 12, 2012

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    Just like so many European towns and cities, the main central area of Aix en Provence is a maze of quirky and very interesting little streeets. It is so easy to while away time without even noticing how long you have been strolling around.

    There are many lovely little shops and cafes and of course the obligatory patisseries and ice creameries, many of which stand shaded by leafy green trees in the most wonderfully picturesque little squares. Is it any wonder that I didn't bother taking notes when to do so, would have really intruded on this refreshing and relaxing day.

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    Rotunda Fountain

    by Maryimelda Written Nov 12, 2012

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    When you get off the bus in Aix, you then head off to the old town area along the Cours Mirabeau. Just before you get to the main city area, you will come across this wonderful sprawling fountain.

    It was built in or around 1860 and has three figures on top which depict Art, Agriculture and Justice.

    There are literally hundreds of fountains in Aix, but this one is arguably among the most popular.

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    Boar Fountain

    by Roadquill Written Nov 17, 2011

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    In the picturesque square of Place de Hotel de Ville is a boar fountain in the same design as that in one of the squares in Florence, Italy. There are several cafes and specialty stores as well as a farmers market in the morning.

    Boar Fountain in Aix
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    Fountains of the Cours Mirabeau

    by Roadquill Written Nov 13, 2011

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    From Place Rotunda to the Fountain of King Rene there are a number of fountains along the Cours Mirabeau, including the Fountain of Nine Cannons and one of the most interesting being the Fountain of Hot Water where it is fed by a hot water spring.

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    Walk Past the Numerous 17 and 18 C Hotels of Aix

    by hquittner Written May 14, 2011

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    In every part of Aix one will encounter fine mansions (Hotels) covered with fine decorations of stone. One of these is the Hotel d'Alberas which extends along three sides and has a fountain in its front open area. Further east is the Palais de Justice in the Pl. de Verdun. next to the Church of Sainte Madelaine in the Pl. des Precheurs, initiallly finished in 1274.

    Hotel d'Albertas Palais de Justice Church of Ste. Madelaine Fine Hotel On Side Street
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    See the Church of St. Jean de Malte

    by hquittner Updated May 13, 2011

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    This is the oldest church in Aix, only slightly older than the cathedral. They came here to protect the road to Santiago in 1180 and built their church in the next century. It has a prominent belfry and some interesting paintings and a large east wall window with 19C panes

    Church of St. Jean de Malte Closer View of Entry View of Nave of St. Jean de Malte
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    See the Baptismal Chamber of the Cathedral

    by hquittner Written May 12, 2011

    Off the southern segment of the nave of the church is the 5C Baptistry with an octagonal shape. It is created with six tall marble columns and two granite ones. It is topped with a fine dome above its octagon. Do not miss this!

    View Into the Baptistry Dome of the Baptistry
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    The Old Clock Tower

    by hquittner Written May 10, 2011

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    One of the prominent views in the city is the Clock Tower next to the Hotel de Ville. The basic instrument was built in 1510 and expanded in the 17C with a Calendar which changed with the seasons and a belfry of 1661 plus an astronomical clock.

    Clock and Belfry Further Away Further Off
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    Have a Haircut: Fredeic Fekkai Began Here

    by ForestqueenNYC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The CLEAN STUDIO is where Frederic Fekkai got his start. I had my hair cut there long before I had ever heard of him and the girl who cut it asked me if I knew of him. I said no and she was amazed. Now, of course, I think every one has heard of him. He is that gorgeous guy who went to New York and got a job in either Bendel's or Bergdorf's and eventually developed a following. He also is known to date socialites.

    Frankly, I cannot recommend the Clean Studio anymore because it has been about 13 years since I have been there and they are surely to have gotten new personnel.

    In case you are interested, though, here is a picture of Frederic on his website.

    http://www.fredericfekkai.com/about.html

    No wonder he developed a following. BTW his partner was equally as good goodlooking with prematurely white hair and a beautiful tanned face, but obviously he had a different fate from Frederic.

    Another famous person from Aix who is in a related industry, is the designer, UNGARO.

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    Wine tasting

    by ATLC Written Aug 9, 2010

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    The tourist office can point you to various 'dégustation' places. You'll probably find various leaflets about winetasting there as well.

    See here:
    http://to.aixenprovencetourism.com/gastronomie.htm
    and for regional wine tasting:
    http://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/pdf/travel-visites-degustations-uk.pdf

    With Googlemaps or www.viamichelin.com you can find how far out the various places are from Aix-en-Provence.

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