Chapelle des Oblats, Aix-en-Provence

#16 of 18 in Historic Sites in Aix-en-Provence
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The Chapel of the Oblates is a Roman Catholic chapel in Aix-en-Provence.
It is located on the Place Forbin, at the top of the Cours Mirabeau.
The chapel was built on a former convent for the Carmelites, a Roman Catholic order, built in 1625. The new chapel building was designed by Thomas Veyrier (1658-1736) and constructed from 1695 to 1701. The facade was designed by Laurent Vallon (1652-1724) in 1697.
It continued to serve as a convent for the Carmelites until the French Revolution of 1789. Shortly after, Saint Eugène de Mazenod (1782-1861), the founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a Roman Catholic order, purchased it and used it to train young priests and re-evangelize peasants throughout Provence. Inside the church, there is a sculpture of Saint Mazenod.
It has been listed as a monument historique since 1911.
It serves as the international home of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. It is served by four priests and one brother. Mass is said every weekday at 7am, and on Sundays at 9am and 11am.
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  • Some previous reviewers have stated that this chapel is at the bottom of the Cours Mirabeau near the Fontaine de la Rotonde. This is incorrect. The chapel is actually located in the Place Forbin...  more »
  • Chapelle des Oblats is located at the end of Mirabo Boulevard and just opposite to Fontaine de la Rotonde. The Chapel has been constructed sin 1831 and be of Neo-classical architectural style...  more »
  • English speaking sermons during summer! Also a big screen to follow the proceedings in both English and French. I felt more involved and went there very often. Only downfall are the rude homeless people who expects money. One guy arrogantly holds out his collection cup and blows smoke in your face. They need to get rid of him!
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