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Aix-en-Provence

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Aix-en-Provence

A pocket of left-bank Parisian chic deep in Provence, Aix  bursts with leafy boulevards, and public squares are lined with 17th and 18th Century mansions, punctuated by moss-covered fountains. Magnificent stone lions guard its grandest avenue, cafe-laced cours Mirabeau, where fashionable Aixois pose on polished pavement terraces sipping espresso.

Aix marks the spot where Roman forces enslaved the inhabitants of the Ligurian Celtic stronghold of Entremont, 3km north. In 123 BC the military camp was named Aquae Sextiae (Waters of Sextius) for the thermal springs that still flow today. In the 12th Century, the counts of Provence proclaimed Aix their capital, which it remained until the Revolution when it was supplanted by Marseille. The city became a centre of culture under arts patron, King René (1409–80): painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Émile Zola are its most famous sons.


 

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Aix-en-Provence
13090 Vaucluse
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