The Cours Mirabeau (map) 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 narrow, irregular streets, and its old mansions dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, lies to the north.
The Cathedral of the Holy Saviour (Aix Cathedral, map) is situated to the north in the medieval part of Aix. Built on the site of a former Roman forum and an adjacent basilica, it contains a mixture of all styles from the 5th to the 17th century, including a richly decorated portal in the Gothic style with doors elaborately carved in walnut.
The Aix-en-Provence Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville, map), a building in the classical style of the middle of the 17th century, looks onto a picturesque square (Place de l’Hôtel de Ville). It contains some fine woodwork and tapestries. At its side rises a handsome clock-tower, erected in 1510.
Le Musée du Vieil Aix (Museum of Old Aix, map), housed in two period “hôtels particuliers” and devoted to the history and provencal heritage of Aix.
Le Musée Granet (map), a museum devoted to painting, sculpture and the archeology of Aix. The collection contains over 300 works of art, including paintings and drawings by Degas, Renoir. Gauguin, Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger, Giacometti and Dubuffet.
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