Tour in Provence , Pilgrimage tour to the mythical places of Mary Magdalene in Provence, the third tomb of Christianity, visit the Christian Provence, the main spots with Provence French Riviera Tourism .
Arrived at Marseille airport. Transfer by coach to Saintes-Marie de la Mer. Towards 45 AD, fleeing the persecutions, Marie Madeleine and her companions embarked on a makeshift boat which led them to the Camargue. His brother Lazare, his sister Martha, Sarah, Maximim … will evangelize Provence.
Visit the Saintes Maries and its fortified church for an introduction to the journey of the first Christians in the region. Enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Provence Camargue. Saint Mary of the Sea Site of legend, its shore welcomed at the dawn of Christendom, Marie Jacobé, Marie Salomé, Mary Magdalene, Maximin and some other Essenes. Christians persecuted, they fled Palestine on a boat without a rudder. Guided by a miraculous force, they arrive in Provence.
The village offers, from the roof of its majestic church, protective at the time of the wars an exceptional view on the shores of the sea that welcomed the boat. Visitors stroll through the cobbled streets, in the footsteps of the pilgrims who have spent thousands of years there. The other passengers of the ship also have their destinies, still engraved in the local memory. Marthe moved to Tarascon where she successfully fought the “Tarasque”, a fabulous animal that devoured its inhabitants. His brother Lazare became the first bishop of Marseilles, living in a cave on the southern shore of Lacydon until he was arrested, tortured and beheaded (the present site of St Victor Abbey). Finally, the two Marie Jacobé and Salomé remained in the Camargue on the site of the current village of Saintes-Maries de la Mer ..
Visit of the high chapel, called Chapel of Saint-Michel, where several claim to have witnessed miracles. This circuit makes it possible to discover the places where the relics of Saintes Marie Jacobé and Salomé and their servant, Sara, the Black Virgin, rest. Meditation, continuation towards Arles.
Visit of the historical center of Arles, its necropolis, its Archaeological Museum, Evoking the Roman world and its spectacular achievements such as the amphitheater or the cryptoportiques. Continuation to Tarascon. Early on, the city became a well-known place of pilgrimage, and many miracles took place there. The visit begins with the Sainte Marthe collegiate church, which has become one of the most famous sanctuaries in Provence with the chapel of the relics sheltering the shrine of Saint Martha, a copy of that offered by Louis XI. Continuation to Les Baux de Provence where a rock carries a bas-relief named “les Trémaïé” that some translate by “the Three Maries”. In Lioux, near Roussillon in the heart of the Lubéron, a local belief sees the cliff overlooking the village as a refuge for Marie-Madeleine. A chapel was erected to him. Continue to Avignon the city of the Popes Capital of Christendom in the Middle Ages.
Visit of the Palace of the Popes, free visit of the city, World Heritage of Unesco: the Palace of the Popes and the Bridge of Avignon, but also the square of the palace with the baroque facade of the hotel of the coins, the museum of the Petit Palais and the Cathedral of the Doms. The ramparts from the garden of the Doms to the Bridge are simply grandiose.
Accommodation in the Avignon area.
You will be enchanted by the beauty of the landscapes of the Lubéron and the medieval villages that have protected the Christians. You will be impressed by the magnificent primitive Cistercian architecture of the abbey of Senanque vibratory sanctuary whose walls are impregnated with presence as well as vibrations Sacred. In this place of silence you will listen to the meditations that will allow you to connect with the rhythm of the soul and nature. Continue to Aix en Provence, tour of the Roman spa town with 100 fountains. Visit of the episcopal town and the cathedral which houses a remarkable paleochristian baptistery. Continuation to Marseille.
Typical Marseille diner around the old harbor
Accommodation in Marseille.
Mary Magdalene preached some time in Marseilles beside Lazarus. Marie-Madeleine prefers the solitude of contemplation and follows the Huveaune river by climbing the slopes of this magnificent massif of Sainte Baume. Visit of the Abbey St Victor overlooking the old port of Marseille visit of the Crypt of St Lazarre with’ bas relief “of M. Madeleine the Abbey of Saint Victor which houses a primitive statue of Lazarus and an enigmatic Black Madonna as the same as ST Marie de la Mer . Saint-Victor Abbey of Marseille was founded in the 5th century by Jean Cassien, near the tombs of martyrs of Marseilles. This sanctuary has even carved into the rock of early Christian times is one of the best preserved in France. Marseille city tour, the old quarter of the Basket and its mazes of streets, place of the Predication of Mary Magdalene and evocation of the protective feminine deities of the city since the highest Antiquity, then visit our Lady of the Guard dominated by the solar virgin , The Corniche, visit the museum of the “santons” that animate the cribs in Noel. Continuation to Cassis
Visit of the Calanques of Cassis by boat
Continuation towards St Maximin, St Baume, the cave where lived during 32 years Mary Madeleine.Visit of the basilica of St Maximin.
Inside of the Basilica is rich of treasures: visit-conference In the basilica dedicated to Mary Magdalene, which houses the third tomb of Christendom. – The organ and its 2962 pipes- The Choir- The altarpiece of the Passion (painting on wood of the 16th century) – The pulpit, sculpted in the 18th century, depicting scenes from the life of Saint Mary Magdalene- The Crypt which houses the Relics of Saint Mary Magdalene.
Lunch (optional and supplement) to the Plan d’Aups, the Hotellerie des frères Dominicains
Accommodation at the Royal Convent Hotel .
During the ascent to the cave of Mary Magdalene, you will feel the vibratory steps of this Enchanting forest that will help you to rise on the path source of light, warmth and life. For 45 minutes, take the proposed circuit, marked with wooden panels representing the Fleur de Lys
Lined with oratories that bear witness to the life of Saint Mary Magdalene, the trail crosses the forest and leads you to the foot of the 150 steps leading to the famous cave. Arrived in 47 in Provence, Mary Magdalene finds refuge in this cave dug naturally by erosion. She decides to live there the last thirty years of her life. The interior of this sanctuary can be discovered: – The Tradition of Mary Magdalene – The stained glass windows – The statues – The reliquary – The Way of the CrossThe site is guarded by the Dominican Brothers. They officiate daily Mass at 11 am and Vespers at 4:30 pm or 6 pm (depending on the season). The return journey takes place on the chemin des Roys, formerly traversed by the kings of France
Typical dinner at the in the farm’s hotel
Accomodation in St Maximin
Morning free relaxation, check out 12 h 00 transfer airport departure
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