Aix-en-Provence cereals market and Cybele's leg

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Here we are on place Richelme, the old Place-Aux-Herbes, the main commercial heart of the city, between the 14th and the 17th century.

The square is the current place-aux-Grains ("Grains' square"): indeed, to the north of the square we have the Cereals' market (Halle aux Grains in French), a nice Classical building raised in 1754.

What about its nice façade overlooking the place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville? A main building decorated with four Ionic pilasters, and above all the beautiful triangular pediment.

Sculptor Chastel represented lively allegories of river Durance (with Cybel, goddess of fecundity) and river Rhône (with Saturn, god of the Agriculture): do you notice Cybel’s leg is swinging?