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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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  • On the same place as the Granet Museum, we left the tail of the exhibition a moment to discover this small church which is worth it only move. Almost all of the people of the tail made a small tour, happily, to hear the remarks at the exit. A beautiful stained glass window dominates the choir. A remarkable architectural ensemble, with some treasures to discover. Good idea to introduce the bells of the carillon that will soon be renewed.
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  • Only its façade preserves part of its old Faust, and its interior devoid of much interest. Paintings darkened by time, is a place of prayer is, not tourism
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  • before or after a visit to the Museum make a detour in this vast and clear Church the power of the Christian faith is expressed through architecture of high quality
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  • Few minutes here. Lovely ancient church. Let's pray to God. ****
  • First the 13th century Gothic church in Provence. To visit and admire.
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  • エクスに来たら、 訪問して下さい、きれいな教会です
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