Aix-en-Provence, or simply Aix, is a city-commune located in the south of France, 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Marseille. Aix-en-Provence is in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, in the department of Bouches-du-Rhone, of which it's a subprefecture. Its total area is 186.08 km2 (71.85 ml2). The population of Aix-en-Provence numbers around 143,000 people. The inhabitants are called Aixois (Aquisextains).
Major sights in Aix-en-Provence include: Cours Mirabeau (a wide thoroughfare that is planted with plane trees in double rows, decorated by fountains and bordered by beautiful houses; it divides the town into 2 sections; along this avenue is the most famous brasserie in Aix-en-Provence, Deux Garçons, which was built in 1792 and has been frequented by the likes of Emile Zola, Ernest Hemingway and Paul Cezanne); The Cathedral of the Holy Saviour (also called Aix Cathedral, is located to the north in the city's medieval part; built on the site of former Roman forum and adjacent basilica, it contains a mix of all styles from 5th to 17th century, including a portal decorated in the Gothic style with doors carved in walnut; Palais de l'Archêveché - the archbishop's palace, and Romanesque cloister adjoin the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour on its south side).
Among its other public institutions, Aix-en-Provence also has the 2nd most important Appeal Court outside of Paris (Palais de Justice), situated close to the site of former Palace of the Counts (Palais des Comtes) of Provence.
Aix-en-Provence is often referred to as city of a thousand fountains. The most notable fountains are the 17th-century Fountain of the Four Dolphins (Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins) in the Quartier Mazarin, which is designed by Jean-Claude Rambot, and 3 of the fountains down central Cours Mirabeau.
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