La Sainte Baume
La Sainte Baume

Discovery of the test Sainte Baume range, a famous Christian pilgrimage destination and the royal Mary Magdalene Basilica at St Maximin la Ste Baume.

This important massif which name comes from “baumo” meaning in our local old language “cave” or “grotto”, is closely linked to Mary Magdalene’s story.
Driven out of Palestine during the first Christian persecutions test, she landed in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, a fishermen village in Camargue. From there, she began her duty of evangelism assigned by Jesus through Provence towards Saint Maximin. After few years of predication, she decided to retire from the world and spent the rest of her life in the cave in the Sainte Baume mountain, which has made this place famous from ages for all the Christians.

The progam of the day:

You will reach the cave by the “Chemin des Roys” or Kings footpath (50 minutes walk) through the once sacred forest of the Druids, full of rare and unique plant species in Southern Europe.
From its cliff top location, the view is absolutely magnificent test.
You could attend the mass in the grotto with the Dominican Priests and after share your meal with other pilgrims at the Hotellerie of la Sainte Baume.

On the way back, visit of the Basilica in Saint Maximin, masterpiece of gothic art, where Mary Magdalene’s relics are kept in the crypt.

NB : It is also possible to begin with the test Basilica and spend the afternoon in the Sainte Baume mountain. You could stay longer in the forest and at the Magdalene’s grotto (but no mass).

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