Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

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Also known as Vézelay Abbey, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine is a Benedictine and Cluniac monastery. The largest Gothic religious building in Provence, this is considered a masterpiece of Burgundian-Romanesque art and architecture. Study the complex imagery in the sculpted capitals and portals, as well as many relics of Mary Magdalene. (If you have traveled across Europe, you may notice that the tympanum of the central portal is different from its counterparts across Europe.) The church and hill at Vézelay are a UNESCO World Heritage site. With our international travel planner, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume attractions like Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I live a stone's throw from the very beautiful basilica building, cripte with the bones of mary madeleine.ame senssible refrain.exit to do so passing not far without more interest for non-believer perssonne like me.
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  • A basilica that deserves a stop. The structure is imposing and fairly well preserved since its construction (nearly 5 centuries ago), thanks to the work undertaken over time. Raise your head to discover the coats of arms attached to some keystones. The many woodwork and wonderful paintings deserve a break from the entrance to the heart. This is also the case with the magnificent pulpit. The wood paintings are just as remarkable. The crypt contains 4 sarcophagi, including one for Mary Magdalene, celebrated here as in the Basilica of The Vezelay which has the relics of the saint and has become a place of passage for the pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela. Another place visited where the saint stayed: Dingli in Malta.
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  • This is a great church to see, with lots of stories and history. We had the luck to benefit from the night guided tour organised by the local Tourism Office. This is a fantastic way of discovering the church with a new prism.
  • Beautiful cathedral. Must visit. Not so much Marie Magdalena churches in the world. This one probably the biggest. Very good for better Christianity understanding.
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