historic monuments

Historic Monuments In Aix-en-Provence – Did You Know?

Did you know that Aix-en-Provence has 155 historic monuments? One of my favorites is Fontaine d’Eau Chaude (Hot Water Fountain) known as Old Mossy because of the thick layers of moss covering its exterior. Constructed in 1667 by architect Jacques Fossé, its water flows from a natural thermal spring at a temperature of 18ºC (64-degrees Fahrenheit). Old Mossy is the oldest of the four landmark fountains along the famous Cours Mirabeau, and possibly the most mysterious of the historic monuments. It’s said that its original ornamental carvings of a newt were replaced three years later with sculptures of four children holding the basin, but to this day no one actually knows for certain. Photo by Aixploring Provence. Illustration from Aix-en-Provence, le mag.

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