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- Upper Cours Sextius -

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1 Place de l'Hôtel de Ville 11 Ramparts
7 Place de l'Université 12 La Tourreluque
8 Hôtel Maynier d'Oppède 13 Les thermes
9 Hôtel de Châteaurenard 14 Place des Pontètes
10 Hôtel d'Estienne-de-Saint-Jean
Musée du Vieil Aix
15 Place des Cardeurs
  16 L'Hôtel de Ville

Upper Cours Sextius

Less noble, less ostentatious, and certainly less "modern" than the Cours Mirabeau and the Quartier Mazarin, the streets between "Jacques de la Roque - Gaston de Saporta" and the "Cours Sextius" speak loud their origins. "Les Etiuves" evoke thermal waters dating from pre-Roman times, l'école", the first (cathedral) school of Aix-en-Provence, the "rue des Nobles" speaks for itself, and the rue des Muletiers was, we are told, the rallying point for tradesmen on their way to and from Marseille and the alps. The junction of the rue du Bon Pasteur - so called after a hostel built in 1629 for "repentant" Aixoises, Filles du Bon Pasteur. Marks the Roman crossroads, cardo (north- south artery), and decumanus (east-west) leading to and from the forum. It is safe to assume that the proximity of warm springs marks a meeting of ways trodden by travelling mankind long before Romulus was born.


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