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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  • The Basilica dominating the town realizes from afar, despite the absence of parochialism. This vast Gothic building was built on the initiative of Charles II of Anjou, says the lame, on the grave that he had discovered and the Provencal tradition considers be Ste Marie-Madeleine. A very sober, so outside that inner, the Basilica is luminous and majestic. Large didactic panels at the entrance are history. See the monumental organ over the entrance, a few beautiful altarpieces, including the Rosary and passion, and of course the crypt with hunting and its sarcophagi containing the skull of St. Marie-Madeleine.
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  • A back wonderful bond with its crypt, as all these places nymphs of mystery and serenity
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  • Well-known Ballad of Provence, the ballad was the grotto of the Holy balm is a tradition. It allows a ballad in the quiet family.
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  • Breath taking sights.
  • Third tomb of Christendom, this Basilica is imposing and beautiful. Don't forget by to see the crypt during your visit so to visit the cloister next door that is accessible during the opening of the tourism office (the rest of the time it is a hotel / restaurant)
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  • A very good point: the free parking within 5 minute walk. Enjoy the Wednesday market to make a stone two strokes!
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  • Too bad noises but ongoing work a majestic Basilica
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  • A magnificent gothic basilica
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