Massif de la Sainte-Baume

The Massif de la Sainte-Baume is a chalky, wall-like mountain rising to a height of over 1,100 metres and spreading from East to West over a distance of around 14 km. This impressive rocky barrier takes its name from the grotto (baumo in Provençal dialect) said to have sheltered Saint Mary Magdalene at the end of her life. Converted into a place of worship in the 13th century, the grotto is now one of the Western world's most-visited places of pilgrimage: no less than 8 popes and 18 sovereigns have visited it since the Middle Ages in the midst of crowds of anonymous pilgrims. The Sainte Baume is therefore, similarly to the Sainte Victoire and Mont Ventoux, considered as one of the sacred mountains of Provence