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P6127669ac Aix-en-Provence Rotonde Fountain 1860

P6127669ac Aix-en-Provence Rotonde Fountain 1860
Taken quickly while crossing this place; From wikipedia translated: Aix-en-Provence or simply Aix is a city-commune in southern France, some 30 km (19 mi) North of Marseille; It is in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, of which it is a subprefecture; The population of Aix is approximately 143,000; Its inhabitants are called Aixois or, less commonly, Aquisextains; The Cours Mirabeau (ending at Rotonde fountain) is a wide thoroughfare, planted with double rows of plane-trees, bordered by fine houses and decorated by fountains; It follows the line of the old city wall and divides the town into two sections; The new town extends to the South and West; the old town, with its wide but irregular streets and its old mansions dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, lies to the North; Along this avenue, which is lined on one side with banks and on the other with cafés, is the Deux Garçons, the most famous brasserie in Aix; Built in 1792, it has been frequented by the likes of Paul Cézanne, Émile Zola and Ernest Hemingway;
Among its other public institutions, Aix also has the second most important Appeal Court (Palais de Justice) outside of Paris, located near the site of the former Palace of the Counts (Palais des Comtes) of Provence; The Hôtel de Ville, a building in the classical style of the middle of the 17th century, contains some fine woodwork and tapestries; At its side rises the handsome clock-tower erected in 1510; Also on the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville is the former Corn Exchange (1759–1761) (Halle aux Grains); This ornately decorated 18th century building was designed by the Vallon brothers; Nearby are the remarkable thermal springs, containing lime and carbonic acid, that first drew the Romans to Aix and gave it the name Aquae Sextiae; A spa was built in 1705 near the remains of the ancient Roman baths of Sextius; South of the Cours Mirabeau is the Quartier Mazarin; This residential district was constructed for the gentry of Aix by the brother of Cardinal Mazarin in the last half of the 17th century and contains several notable hôtels particuliers; Aix is often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains; Among the most notable are the 17th century Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (Fountain of the Four Dolphins) in the Quartier Mazarin, designed by Jean-Claude Rambot, and three of the fountains down the central Cours Mirabeau: At the top, a 19th century fountain depicts the "good king" René holding the Muscat grapes that he introduced to Provence in the 15th century; half-way down is a natural hot water fountain (34 °C), covered in moss, dating back to the Romans; and at the bottom at la Rotonde, the hub of modern Aix, stands a monumental fountain from 1860 beneath three giant statues representing art, justice and agriculture; In the older part of Aix, there are also fountains of note in the Place d'Albertas and the Place des Trois-Ormeaux; Aix is also reputed to be the town loved by youngs and students; France PACA Region Bouches-du-Rhône Department Aix-en-Provence Roronde Fountain.

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Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel
6 years ago.
Jacques has replied to Simone Maurel
J'ai profité d'un cours ralentissement du trafic! Merci Simone!
6 years ago.
You may have taken this in a hurry, but it is very nice.
6 years ago.
Jacques has replied to albertsville
I had put my camera ready on the legs of Pierre in case of traffic congestion to take the picture if it was possible as it was on my side.....yes in a hurry because of the immediate reaction of following drivers I had made them waiting just two seconds!!! Thank You Carol!
6 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
belle prise !
4 years ago.
Jacques has replied to Nora Caracci VERY BU…
Une prise rapide au volant (shut!), merci Nora!
4 years ago.