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AIX-EN-PROVENCE Hot springs once inspired the Romans to settle in a valley below the Celtic Oppidum that they had just destroyed. However, today's Aix-En-Provence and its numerous lanes offer far more than simply water. Aix is one of the most beautiful cities in France and its numerous fountains and majestic squares highlight the city's unique ambience and romantic character. Indeed, more than forty spectacular fountains cool down this ancient town in the hot months of summer when both foreign and French tourists visit the city. Nearly all of its splendid buildings and wonderful avenues date back to the 17th and 18th centuries, the Golden Age of Aix-En-Provence. As a centre of education and fine art this elegant city continues to be a rich source of creative inspiration. Global Treasures - History's Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments.