Loving History

Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer. Who Knew?

Planning a visit to the Camargue to see the white horses? Here’s another stop to add to your list.

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What I love about living in France is not only the opportunity to travel in this fabulous country, but also the chance to re-learn history. What I never expected, though, was to find biblical folklore.

Who knew, for example, that Lazarus and Mary Magdalene ended up in France? According to Provencal tales, which I learned upon my recent day trip to Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer, Lazarus; his sister, Martha; Mary Magdalene; and Mary of James, sister of the Virgin; and a servant girl, Sarah the Egyptian all arrived in the south of France around 40 A.D., under less than desirable circumstances. Saintes Marie de la MerLegend has it that after the Crucifixion, while Jews continued to be persecuted in Jerusalem, the extended “family” of Christ was cast into the sea in a small boat equipped with neither oars nor food.Saintes Marie de la MerMiraculously they landed safely here, now Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer, where they erected a small chapel and dedicated it to the Virgin.

The two Marys and Sarah remained at the church…

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