Église du Saint-Esprit (Aix-en-Provence)

The Église du Saint-Esprit is a Roman Catholic church in Aix-en-Provence.

Église du Saint-Esprit
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Église du Saint-Esprit
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
TraditionOrder of the Holy Ghost
Founded18th century
Heritage designationMonument historique
DesignatedDecember 31, 1985
Architect(s)Laurent Vallon
Georges Vallon
Architectural typechurch
ArchdeaconryRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Aix
ArchbishopChristophe Dufour
Priest(s)Gilles-Marie Lecomte
Benoît Coppeaux


It is located at 40 rue Espariat in Aix-en-Provence.[1][2]


In the 18th century, the Hôpital du Saint-Esprit, a hospital of the Order of the Holy Ghost, and several houses were torn down to make way for the construction of a new church.[1][3][4] It was designed by architects Laurent Vallon (1652-1724) and Georges Vallon (1688-1767), and built from 1706 to 1728.[4][2] It was then known as Église Saint-Jérôme, in honour of Jérôme de Grimaldi (1597–1685), who served as Archbishop of Aix from 1655 to 1683.[4][2] It was dedicated by Forbin-La Barben in 1716.[2] It was fully sculpted and painted from 1726 to 1728.[2]

Inside, there is a retable dating back to 1505.[2]

At presentEdit

It is the main parish church for university students in Aix.[5][6] The current priests are Fr Gilles-Marie Lecomte and Fr Benoît Coppeaux[5]

It is open every day from 7:30am to 11pm.[6] The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is said every day from 5:30pm to 6pm, Confession and Adoration are from 6pm to 7pm.[7] Additionally, the Eucharist is every day (except Saturdays), at 7pm.[7] There is also a Mass on Saturdays at 6pm and on Sundays.[7]

Heritage significanceEdit

It has been listed as a monument historique since December 31, 1985.[1][2]



  1. ^ a b c Base Mérimée: PA00080999, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Le Figaro
  3. ^ Jacques Balesta, L'Église du Saint-Esprit à Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence: Édisud, 1989, p. 9
  4. ^ a b c Aix-en-Provence Official website: Église du Saint-Esprit
  5. ^ a b Parish official website
  6. ^ a b Culture 13
  7. ^ a b c Official website: Liturgy

Coordinates: 43°31′39″N 5°26′48″E / 43.5275°N 5.4468°E / 43.5275; 5.4468