A Closer Look at Aix-en Provence
Aix-en-Provence, or simply Aix, is a city-commune in the south of France, about 30 km north of Marseille. A former capital of Provence, it is in the region of Provence-Alpes-CÃ´te d'Azur, in the department of Bouches-du-RhÃ´ne, of which it is a subprefecture. The population of Aix numbers approximately 143,000. Its inhabitants are called Aixois or, less commonly, Aquisextains. Aix is often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains. Among the most notable are the 17th-century Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (Fountain of the Four Dolphins) in the Quartier Mazarin, designed by Jean-Claude Rambot, and three of the fountains down the central Cours Mirabeau: At the top, a 19th-century fountain depicts the "good king" RenÃ© holding the Muscat grapes that he introduced to Provence in the 15th century; halfway down is a natural hot water fountain (34 Â°C), covered in moss, dating back to the Romans; and at the bottom at la Rotonde, the hub of modern Aix, stands a monumental fountain from 1860 beneath three giant statues representing art, justice and agriculture. In the older part of Aix, there are also fountains of note in the Place d'Albertas and the Place des Trois-Ormeaux. Check out the video to have a closer look at Aix-en-Provence!