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  • 1. Caumont Centre d'Art

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the glorious Hôtel de Caumont, one of the city's most spectacular 18th-century mansions, this arts center opened in May 2015 after...Read More

  • 2. Musée Granet

    Museum/Gallery

    Once the École de Dessin (Art School) that granted Cézanne a second-place prize in 1856, the former priory of the Église St-Jean-de-Malte now...Read More

  • 3. Pavillon de Vendôme

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This extravagant Baroque villa was built in 1665 as a country house for the Duke of Vendôme; its position just outside the city's inner circle...Read More

  • 4. Ancienne Halle aux Grains

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Built in 1761, this former grain market serves as a post office today—a rather spectacular building for a prosaic service. The frieze, portraying...Read More

  • 5. Atelier Cézanne

    Museum/Gallery

    Just north of the Vieille Ville loop you'll find Cézanne's studio. After the death of his mother forced the sale of the painter's beloved country...Read More

  • 6. Café-Brasserie les Deux Garçons

    Restaurant–Sight

    Cézanne enjoyed his coffee and papers here, as have generations of beau monde, intellectuals, and neighborhood habitués —Churchill, Sartre...Read More

  • 7. Cathédrale St-Sauveur

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Many eras of architectural history are clearly delineated and preserved here. The cathedral has a double nave—Romanesque and Gothic side by...Read More

  • 8. Collège Royal-Bourbon

    Educational Institution

    It's within these walls, which now belong to the Lycée Mignet, that Cézanne and his schoolmate Emile Zola discussed their ideas. Cézanne received...Read More

  • 9. Conservatoire de Musique Darius-Milhaud

    Educational Institution

    In a striking modern edifice designed by architect Kengo Kuma in the Forum Culturel (which includes the Pavillon Noir dance center), the Darius...Read More

  • 10. Cours Mirabeau

    Neighborhood/Street

    Shaded by a double row of tall plane trees, the Cours Mirabeau is one of the most beautiful avenues anywhere, designed so its width and length...Read More

  • 11. Église de la Madeleine

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Though the facade now bears 19th-century touches, this small 17th-century church still contains the center panel of the fine 15th-century ...Read More

  • 12. Église St-Jean-de-Malte

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 12th-century church served as a chapel of the Knights of Malta, a medieval order of friars devoted to hospital care. The church was Aix...Read More

  • 13. Fontaine d'Eau Chaude

    Fountain

    Deliciously thick with dripping moss, this 18th-century fountain is fed by Sextius's own thermal source. It seems representative of Aix at its...Read More

  • 14. Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins

    Fountain

    Within a tiny square at a symmetrical crossroads in the Quartier Mazarin, this lovely 17th-century fountain has four graceful dolphins at the...Read More

  • 15. Hôtel de Châteaurenard

    Government Building

    Across from a commercial gallery that calls itself the Petit Musée Cézanne (actually more of a tourist trap), this 17th-century mansion once...Read More

  • 16. Hôtel de Ville

    Government Building

    Built between 1655 and 1678 by Pierre Pavillon, the Hôtel de Ville is fronted by a pebble-encrusted courtyard set off by a wrought-iron gateway...Read More

  • 17. Hôtel Maynier d'Oppède

    Educational Institution

    This ornately decorated mansion houses the Institut d'Études Françaises (Institute of French Studies), where foreign students take French classes...Read More

  • 18. Jas de Bouffan

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Cézanne's father bought this lovely estate, whose name translates as "the sheepfold," in 1859 to celebrate his rise from hatmaker to banker...Read More

  • 19. La Brûlerie Richelme

    Store/Shop/Mall

    For an excellent cup of inexpensive, freshly roasted coffee, wander into La Brûlerie Richelme. Comfy chairs and lively student patronage add...Read More

  • 20. La Rotonde

    Fountain

    If you've just arrived in Aix's center, this sculpture-fountain is a spectacular introduction to the town's rare mix of elegance and urban bustle...Read More

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