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Place d’Albertas | by Tigra K
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Place d’Albertas

"The fountain standing at the centre of the square was designed in 1912 by the students of the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts. This elegant cast-iron fountain sits in perfect harmony with the Baroque façades bordering the square.


Aix-en-Provence has several fountains covered with moss. Some are new, and one can see that the moss on them is cultivated there on purpose. This moss looks more natural.


The elegant Place d’Albertas certainly is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Provence.


In 1742, Henri’s son Jean-Baptiste d’Albertas asked Laurent’s son Georges Vallon to build a square in his honor, echoing the fashion of royal squares that were built at the same time in Paris (Place de la Concorde, Place Vendôme).

The square and its mansions were completed successfully in 1745.


Identical façades of four mansions that border the square show a Regency style ornamentation by reinterpreting baroque features freely. They have large windows and are adorned with wrought-iron balconies.


One may notice some mischievous motives in the balcony grills which refer without any ambiguity to the sex of a man. Locally they are called “phallic balconies”."


Aix-en-Provence, France, 2019

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Taken on September 23, 2019