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. To visit Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine and get the most from your holiday in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, create itinerary details personal to you using our Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume trip itinerary maker.
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  • This grotto is situated on a sheer cliff face built into the rock.so the only access is a 2 kilometre walk through a forest that ascends 250 metres up into the massif at Baume. There are seating areas...  more »
  • We ate twice here because the first night was so delicious and good value, choice of entree and main or main and dessert, aside from variable, and a bit slow service the food was very good.  more »
  • This basilica was built to house the supposed bones of Mary Magdalene as a religious pilgrimage site some 700 years ago. The church is not ornate like so many Italian churches and is need of upkeep. B...  more »
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  • A magnificient gothic basilica
  • Breath taking sights.
  • Basilica must visit if going through Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume: count wide: 1 hour because courses numbered in the Basilica with different historical points including the Sainte-Marie-Madeleine crypt in the basement on the left. Quiet to respect the altar solemn because rather than absolute prayers... And don't forget the mini store with books, maps, cross... Enjoy your visit & pious recueillements
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  • A place out of the ordinary or we can feel the force of its builders simply by touching its walls. There is such a calming than even the non believers to leave transport.
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  • Our wedding was perfect. The Basilica is very large, so, even to 180 people, the Assembly seemed small and strewn.
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