Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Mazarin Quarter in Aix en Provence: a Goldmine Built on a Swamp

One winter's day in early 1646, Michel Mazarin, the Archbishop of Aix, received what amounted to a licence to print money: a letter from King Louis XIV authorising him to expand the city. The result was the Mazarin Quarter, Aix's answer to the Marais in Paris. Like it, this ultra-elegant residential district was built on marshland just outside what was then the city walls. And it swiftly became the most desirable address in town. Click here to read more.

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