Saint Jean de Malte, Aix-en-Provence

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The Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte in Aix-en-Provence, situated at the corner of rue d'Italie and rue Cardinale, is a thirteenth-century gothic Roman Catholic church, the first in Provence.HistoryThe site was initially occupied in the twelfth century by a hospice and chapel of the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of Malta, under the jurisdiction of the priory of Saint-Gilles in Provence. The thirteenth-century church formed part of a priory of the same order situated in olive groves outside the city walls of Aix. From the thirteenth century it served as a burial place for the Counts of Provence. In the seventeenth century it was incorporated within the city of Aix when the ramparts were extended to the south and the adjoining lands of the priory sold off to help create the quartier Mazarin. In the aftermath of the French revolution most of the internal furnishings, treasures and statuary of the church were removed or plundered and the church itself converted into a military storehouse. In the nineteenth century it was eventually restored to religious use as a parish church. It is currently under the ministry of a brotherhood of apostolic monks. The nineteenth century organ in Saint-Jean-de-Malte was replaced in 2006 by a baroque-style organ built by Daniel Kern.
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  • An interesting church right next to the Granet Museum. Restoration is underway but you can still log in and explore it  more »
  • When we walk (mai2017) outside was under construction, when the inside nothing special. Do only if you go by the.
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  • I had the chance to spend when the organist played, it was very beautiful; Church very quiet; few tourists and yet well located next to the Granet Museum
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  • Few minutes here. Lovely ancient church. Let's pray to God. ****
  • Wonderful with a surprise where dome of the remains we found recently superb guided tour (french and English)
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  • Wonderful example of Gothic. Bright Interior and hieratic
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  • Heavy, early Gothic church. In the arches of the building is very obvious points, although the window next to the Church was limited and very small, allowed very little natural light from the outside to enter. This traffic on a busy street is a mysterious atmosphere makes me feel very happy. Palace of Windows has more and better natural lighting. Some services, about 15 participants, happen when we were there in front of the Palace. A singing preacher in a beautiful holiday, mother-child voice, lending we effect a transfer back to the old days. Very interesting.
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  • It is a wonder, a delight for the eyes!
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To explore the old town's shops, markets, and bookstores on foot, stay at one of the city's centrally located hotels. Just a short drive from this busy central area are a selection of luxurious villas, surrounded by formal gardens and private swimming pools. Though rather expensive, these elegant mansions provide a convenient base from which to explore the cultured area surrounding the city. For a cheaper alternative, look for private inns and B&Bs on the edge of town.
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