Aix en Provence : former capital of Provence
AIX-EN-PROVENCE : former capital of Provence.
Aix is he first city founded in Gaul by the Romans in 122 BC, after their victory over the Salian tribes entrenched in the oppidum of Entremont, whose remains still dominate the city.
Its name reflects the importance that the Romans granted to the exploitation of the hot and cold water springs that still feed today about forty fountains all equally pretty.
They animate the squares lined with elegant and magnificent mansions built by important political figures, which recall that Aix was the capital of the Counts of Provence, then the city chosen by the King of France to establish the Parliament of Provence.
City of art with ocher reflections, given by the stone of Bibemus, and in the shadow of the white limestone massif of Sainte Victoire, this land of contrasts inspired the famous painter Paul Cézanne but also Picasso who was buried in a nearby village.
The Granet Museum, the museum of tapestries, the museum of Old Aix, the Mazarin district and beautiful churches as the cathedral, can go back in time and imagine the splendor that could be deployed by the inhabitants anxious to be seen on the splendid coach course, since renamed the name of one of the most famous children of the city in the 18th century. : the great orator and tribune: Mirabeau.