Pavillon de Vendome, Aix-en-Provence

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Previously a grand mansion, Pavillon de Vendome is now the home of a museum displaying ancient and contemporary paintings, photography, and other artwork. Admire rare, 17th- and 18th-century paintings and sculptures. The mansion is an example of ancient Classical architecture and was registered as a historical monument in 1914. The central fountain in the museum's French garden is especially well-preserved. Plan to visit Pavillon de Vendome and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Aix-en-Provence attractions using our Aix-en-Provence trip site .
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  • We are went one Sunday morning to make a special photo where shooting, what Nice! Beautifully maintained gardens, not a sound, a real haven of peace in the city!
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  • When you come into the garden in front of the Pavillon de Vendôme the first time, you will be immediately charmed by the small and very charming mansion in Baroque style. The House was built 1665 – 1667 to Louis de Bourbon, Duc de Vendôme (1612-1669), who legend has it was going to use it for intimate encounters with his mistress, Lucrèce de Forbin-Solliès. Louis had not, however, any long-lasting joy of the House; He died here about two years after it had been finished. We stand in front of the mansion, one can appreciate the beautiful façade in honey yellow stone. The building is fitted with bas-reliefs and pilasters, as for each floor has its column order: Doric capitals at the bottom, on the first floor and Ionic composite on the second floor. On either side of the gate in the Middle, there is set up two half-figures, they are seen from the stomach and upwards. Who these two stalwarts are, I have not been able to find out. From the beginning the House had only two floors. The upper were added in 1700-century. After Louis de Bourbons death had different owners, among other decorated house painter Jean-Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745) a Studio here. After the French revolution was decorated a from school for young girls. In 1906 the House was bought by the Swiss painter, poet and art collector Henri Dobler (1863 – 1941), who bequeathed the House to the municipality of Aix. Since then, it has been converted into a museum. There are special exhibitions which display combined with the Pavillon de Vendôme's own small art collection with works from 1600 and 1700-century as well as furniture. I besøgste Pavillon de Vendôme on a beautiful and sunny day, and it is clear that the Park is more than popular for both children and adults. Since the Pavillon de Vendôme was built for Louis de Bourbon was the House outside the city. Today is it albeit not quite centrally, however not longer than that so you can walk there in about ten minutes from the Cours Mirabeau. The visit in the Pavillon de Vendôme is a delightful experience, as you as a tourist in Aix-en-Provence not to cheat.
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  • I live in New York City, but this was my first visit. The place is friendly and garden French and very well maintained and mostly free. In doing so, it is very nice to wander and admire the flowers (also a rose garden there), take the Sun sitting on a bench and chat and enjoy a good book. The building itself is really beautiful, significant of our Provencal region. The gentleman who was at the reception was an infinite kindness and we talked with him for a good twenty minutes. I regret, however, that the Interior are a little bare, the place to visit quickly (a little less than an hour by taking his time and reading all the information). A nice case of greenery invigorating in Aix-en-Provence.
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  • This is a great stop to absorb some history of Aix en Provence. This opulent hotel particulier is one of many in the city, and touring the inside of it offers a great perspective of a former and remarkable epoch in the city's history.
  • The garden is beautiful but the museum is very lacking for a paid museum.
  • The gardens are really well cared for and definitely worth a visit. We did not do the tour of the residence because we were pressed for time. It was only 3.50 Euro and I intend to do it next time.
  • Visited as part of Segway tour in March.
  • The park around it is so great for a pause or a picknick
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