The Basilica is the greatest gothic edifice from the south-east of France (13th/17th centuries). It is well known for sheltering the relics of Santa Maria Magdalena. The visit-tour of the village should start with a general introduction of her story through the Evangiles and the provencal tradition. A visit of the Basilica will let you discover the treasures of this splendid gothic architecture : the furniture, the chair, the worldwide known organs, the chore of the monks, the alterpiece of Ronzen… and its famous crypt with the relics of the saint. Last but not least, the essentiel visit of the Royal Convent.
Hotel France Patrimoine Le Couvent Royal
of Saint Maximin La Sainte Baume
Located in the heart of Provence, close to Aix en Provence, the Royal Convent of Saint Maximin stands for the 3rd Tomb of Christianity with the reliques of Santa Maria Magdalena.
Settled Inside a listed monument, you can be sure to experience and authentic stay in our Hotel, be it for a week end with your beloved ones or for and unusual corporate seminar.
Hosted Inside the Royal Convent from 13th century, we offer 67 rooms above the cloister, the room are distributed into 3 categories : tradition, Superior, and suite.
The restaurant called « Le Chapitre » will welcome you in what used to be the chapter house or in a former vaulted chapel, to share with you an innovative French gastronomic cuisine that respects the rythm of seasons and local products.
The Royal Convent
The Basilica and the Convent were founded in 1295 by Charles of Anjou II (King of Sicilia and Count of Provence) to shelter the relics of Santa Maria Magdalena. Backed to the basilica, the Convent has been managed, from the very beginning and up to 1959, to the Dominican order.
Saint Maximin La Sainte Baume and la Provence Varoise
This place is the ideal point to deeply visit the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. In this specific area of Saint Maximin, you will enjoy tasting local wine or traditional olive oil. You will also fall in love with the Cezanne’s landscapes, or the perfume of lavander.