In the footsteps of Mary Magdalene
In the heart of the Sainte Baume mountain is the cave where the Saint Mary Magdalene is said to have lived for the last 33 years of her life. It is the most mystical place in Provence, protected by the monks who live in this mountain. The legend tells that Mary Magdalene would have come to Marseille after arriving at Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer. She would have stayed there for two years before following the Huveaune river to its source and living the life of a hermit alone in the grotto.
On her death, Mary Magdalene would have been buried in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume. The tomb of Mary Magdalene is the third most important tomb in Christendom after those of Mary in Ephesus and Peter in Rome.