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This is a photo of the Basilica of Sainte Marie Madeleine. It is said that the true remains of her are kept here, her scull and a long bone.

"The Basilica was built on a religious Mervoingian site.
Driven away from Jerusalem by persecution with her brother Lazarus, her sister Martha and her companions, Marie Madeleine participated in the evangelisation of the provence and retired in a grotto of the sainte Baume mountains. She dies in Saint Maximin's arms, bishop of Aix. The relics of Saint Marie Madeleine were kept in a sarcophagus and then buried in 710 in order to avoid looting by the Sarrasins. These relics remained lost until 1279 when Charles II of Anjou, later king of Sicily, discovered them. The Pope Bonifacius VIII and Charles II decided to construct a Basilica worthy of being a reliquary for Sainte Marie Madeleine. " -taken from the educational program

Our tour guide told us that around the time her remains were retreived, there were 2 other cities/churches who claimed to have to true remains of Marie Madeleine. The pope was said to have inspected each one, and was instructed by god which were really the remains of Marie Madeleine. So I guess we'll really never know if he made the right choice!

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  • Copyright: Chantelle Boduel (chantelley) (103)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-03-00
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-05-28 8:18
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