Saint Jean de Malte Parish Aix-en-Provence

Saint-Jean-de-Malte Parish (Paroisse) In Aix-en-Provence

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 Eglise et Paroisse Saint-Jean-de-Malte. 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.

14th-Century 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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