Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence

Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Built on the site of the first-century Roman forum of Aix, the Roman Catholic Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence is a French national monument. The house of the seat of the Archbishop of Aix, transformations to the church from the 12th century on are reflected in patches of Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-Gothic architecture. Take note of the bell tower, Roman columns, baptistery from a sixth-century Christian church, and the facade's four walnut doors. The doors feature four figures of the major prophets of the Old Testament. To visit Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence on your trip to Aix-en-Provence, use our Aix-en-Provence sightseeing tool.
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  • We were walking north from the Cours Mirabeau to Cezanne's house when we stopped at this lovely cathedral. Artisans were cleaning and restoring the beautifully carved wooden doors (commissioned in...  more »
  • Cathedrale St. Sauveur dates back to at least the 12th century. However it has been re-built several times since then. We walked in while wandering the nearby streets. It is a beautiful building and.....  more »
  • One would think this is a standard cathedral, but not so. The cloisters, for achitectural buffs, and even those not so, are beautiful. NOTE, you have to ask a guide to take you, free, just donate...  more »
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  • Wonderfully preserved Cathedral built over various eras with different architectural styles on top of a Roman Forum. You can take tours in English and French of the cloister and I highly recommend it. It's also possible to see bits of the excavated forum underneath the church. This church is an excellent place to take a romantic walk or sit and read in peace. The weddings here are beautiful and it's never crowded no matter the time of year.
  • Beautiful old Cathedral in Aix. Worth seeing as part of a trip into the City. Make sure you have your camera.
  • Beautiful cathedral! Will visit again in few months
  • We should have read more about the cathedral before we visited - the information in our guide book was sketchy. Luckily, there were plenty of tour groups, so we tagged along and discovered that the oldest part of the cathedral is the 5th century baptistery, which is built on the Roman forum (the columns may have come from the original Roman temple). Other parts of the cathedral were built between the 12th and 16th centuries, so it is a hotchpotch of styles, which adds to the charm. The cloisters looked lovely, but could only be visited as part of a guided tour, so we had to give them a miss. However, we tagged on to yet another tour group and got a good look at the fabulous Burning Bush triptych, by Nicolas Froment. To avoid light damage, the doors are usually closed, so this was a real treat.
  • Our regular church while we have been in Aix-en-Provence. Beautiful reasonably well restored Basilica. Masses are wonderful, especially Palm Sunday, Easter and Christmas. The archbishop is wonderful and children are warmly welcomed. Special events abound. Also, a visit to the cloister is a must. The community is warm and embracing. I highly recommend a visit for more than just the facility and the art.

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