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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  • small stop in the center of Saint Maximin which is quite nice but what a basilica!! from the outside one does not expect to see such a place of architectural work with a phenomenal height, many life-size paintings and the choir is of unimaginable beauty. to visit.
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  • The traditions related to St. Mary Magdalene are numerous and fascinating in these areas. Here it seems to rest the body of the saint but the circumstance is disputed by other French resorts. The basilica is simple, built in Gothic style, naked and very spiritual. In addition to the relics of the saint and the sarcophagi in the crypt there is a beautiful wooden polyptych depicting the passion of Christ and the crucifixion made by a Venetian painter of the 500. Also notable is the choir with many carved stalls. The whole exails spirituality and hieratry. The visit is highly recommended.
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  • Fantastic Cathedral to visit. Alive with history and symbolism. We visited several times, attended mass and visited the crypt. Plan on several hours to fully explore this cathedral.
  • Beautiful and serene place to visit. Has a softly feminine feel to it. Less austere than the big cathedrals.
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