The Mazarin Quarter of Aix-en-Provence dates from 1646 when the town’s ramparts were extended to the south to incorporate lands owned by the archbishop of Aix and the Order of Saint-Jean-de-Malte. In contrast to the winding and often labyrinth-like streets in the center of town, this is a thoughtfully planned neighborhood in which each street was constructed in an organized grid pattern. It’s here where you’ll find the inspiring Paroisse (Parish). Construction was completed on the main building in the 13th-century on property first occupied by the Order of Malta, a religious order dedicated to assisting those in need that still exists today.
Saint-Jean-de-Malte Parish Bell Tower
An imposing 220ft. bell tower was added in the 14th-century that dominates it’s facade. In the wake of the French Revolution, most of the internal furnishings and treasures were plundered and it was converted into a military storehouse. Saint-Jean-de-Malte returned to a parish church in the 19th-century and is currently presided over by a brotherhood of apostolic monks. It’s definitely worth a stop during your stay to Aix-en-Provence.
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