Aix Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint Sauveur)
In the center of Aix-en-Provence, the Aix Cathedral has different sections dating back to different eras. Parts of the Sainte-Chapelle are thought to date back to the sixth century, while the main church building was constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries—coinciding with the expansion of the town and its significance as the capital of Provence.
Work on the cathedral continued in bursts until the 16th century, when the facade with its impressive statues and carvings—including a representation of Saint Michael crushing the dragon—was finally finished. The famousBurning Bush triptych over the altar, by Nicolas Froment, and the charming cloisters draw many visitors.
Things to Know Before You Go
Entry to the Aix Cathedral is free.
The streets leading to the cathedral are not accessible by car.
Wheelchair users are requested to contact the cathedral in advance to arrange a visit.
Visitors can arrange a guided tour of the cathedral to learn more about the building.
How to Get There
The Aix Cathedral is located on Place des Martyrs de la Résistance. The historic center of Aix-en-Provence is pedestrian only, so visitors must park outside the center and walk in or take a bus to a nearby stop before continuing on foot. The nearest parking lots are Parking Pasteur and Parking Cardeurs.
When to Get There
The Aix Cathedral is open all year round. The cloisters are closed during lunchtime and on public holidays. The church complex is busiest on Saturdays, so visit during the week for a more peaceful experience.
Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of the Market
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the center of town is home to one of Provence’s best-loved markets. You’ll find stalls selling everything from fresh-cut flowers and local produce to Provençal antiques dotted across Aix-en-Provence’s main squares: Place Richelme, Place des Prêcheurs, and Place de l'Hôtel de Ville.
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