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Cathedrale St. Sauveur

Place des Martyrs de la Resistance, Aix-en-Provence, France
04-42-23-45-65
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Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Traveler Description: The Cathedral de Saint-Sauveur dates to thirteenth century and offers an interesting mix of styles including a largely Gothic structure, a... more »
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Melbourne, Australia
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215 reviews 215 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I should start by saying that Aix is among my favourite towns. The Cathedral is at the heart of Aix and while it is not the world's most beautiful cathedral it mirrors the history of Aix revealing Roman origins and then changes through history from this time. Viewed as part of an urban landscape I find it especially lovely surrounded... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Viewed from the street, the cathedral does not look very impressive: it has a beautiful façade with a portal with artistic carved stones. It is when you cross the door, though, that you can see how impressive the church really is. It shows pieces from many different ages, from the ruins of the Roman forum (right side, at the end)... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Peaceful, beautiful...take the time to visit this cathedral if you are in Aix-en Provence. Quite interesting to learn about the history and the different periods of the building's sections. It is helpful to have a guide explain the characteristics of the building, or do some research before you go.

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Parkwood, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

A Capella wonderful acoustics. Loved the door and one of the ecclesiastical joys. The doors are a work of art.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We tour this cathedral every time we are in Aix and never tire of the history and condition of the building. Indeed parts of the cathedral are over 1,000 years old but the history of the building is the story. Assuredly there are more restored buildings to see, but listened to the guides and especially listen to the organ if... More

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Sydney, Australia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This church is famous for its acustics, especially with Gregorian chants. It's located at the top of the old town in Aix just up from the markets. When we visited they had a live orchestra playing Rossin. The music was unbelievable as was the atmosphere in this beautiful church.

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The cathedral is very old, and it looks like it as in need in renovation, sometime we like that state of maintenance as you could get a very well feeling on how it was at the time it was built. It worth a visit if you have 30 minutes free

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

This church stands as an incredible testament to man's faith. The baptismal was created in 500 AD when Aix belonged to the Romans. Since that time, the cathedral has been added on to methodically. The sunlight hits perfectly on the stained glass windows. The organist was playing a magnificent and huge organ which resounded throughout. Definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Was lucky enough to visit during organ rehearsal in preparation for Bach recital - sitting in the choir stalls, the power and vibration of this amazing instrument were unforgettable. Beautiful Frev

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We stopped in Aix-en-Provence on a way from Nice to Avignon; and it was worth it. Cathedrale St. Sauveur is one of the best churches I have seen in Europe, very impressive.

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