Fun Facts

The Aix Cathedral is not only one of the historic buildings of the Aix-en-Provence but has also become a national monument and a tourist destination of some sort.

Inasmuch as the cathedral is a holy place of worship, there are certain fun facts about the cathedral that will make you think twice about its holiness while others will leave you gaping in awe.

The cathedral was built on the site of a pagan temple: it was said that the Romans built a temple dedicated to Apollo in the place where the Aix cathedral now sits.

There are many versions to this story making it hard to tell which is right or wrong.

The cathedral has three naves: three naves on this cathedral seem unusual but even more interesting is that all the naves are made of different architectural elements; Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque.

The construction of the cathedral took over 700 years: the magnificent edifice that is now known as the Aix cathedral took over 700 years to construct. The building of this cathedral started in the 5th century but was completed around the 15th century.

The cathedral has only one bell tower: other Gothic cathedrals in France usually has at least two bell towers.

The Aix cathedral was limited to one bell tower because of financial constraint.

The stained-glass window is symbolic: the Aix Cathedral has a 19th-century glass window in the central nave just above the main portal. It is believed that this colorful glass window symbolizes the Triumph of Faith. The Triptych is opened only on special days: the triptych is a prized asset of the Aix Cathedral. For this reason, it is only opened on special days namely the first Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday of Easter until Pentecost Sunday, and the first day of summer.

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