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St-Maximin la Ste Baume

Region: Provence - Le Var
Monuments: The Basilica. - The Royal Convent. - Market day.

Surrounded by three mountain ranges, Aurelien, St Victoire and Sainte Baume, and vineyards, the market town of St-Maximin la Ste Baume owes much of its fame to the mystique and legend of Mary Magdalene. The relics of the Saint were discovered here in 1280 following which construction commenced on a basilica, to house the remains and the nearby convent which dominate the town today.

Although unfinished, the portal and belfry were never completed, the basilica is the largest Gothic building in South East France and houses a world famous double-chested organ comprising 4 keyboards and 2960 pipes.

If you can, visit the town on market day and make sure you dine in the old monks refectory at the Royal Convent which today is a fine restaurant and one our Mr. White’s favorites, anywhere.

 

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