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X-Rated: A Sexy Secret in Aix-en-Provence






Nestled in the heart of charming Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France lies a reminder of the preferred hobby of gentleman with a little extra time and money to spend. Legend has it that Aix's prostitutes made their home on the Rue Espariat.

In 1745, Georges Vallon Jean-Baptiste d'Albertas bought a private house on Rue Espariat, hoping to showcase his wealth through dramatic architecture and style.

What he didn't realize was that he had moved next door to the ancient brothel, whose second-story balconies featured most unusual metal-work as a way of announcing the house to potential customers. The balconies clearly feature .. umm .. (there’s no delicate way to put this) .. the male private parts .. 

Albertas embarked on a grand plan for the area.  He bought the building next to this, as well as the entire street facing his home. In order to best show off his new mansion, Albertas then instructed his builders to destroy the block of buildings on the other side of the road.  In this area, in keeping with the contemporary Parisian architecture of the time, he created a "place" with a fountain that showcased his own, architecturally stylish home.  

Oddly, Albertas decided that he would construct the new buildings around the place in the pre-existing style of the street - brothel-style.  And so it is that the Place d'Albertas, one of the most beautiful spaces in Aix, features metal-work penises across the entire facade. What's more, in some areas the phallic symbols switch direction, making them even more obvious. 

Today, the buildings surrounding the Place d'Albertas are rented as individual apartments. If you've ever wanted a residence with a most unusual balcony, this is the place for you.



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