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discover famous churches in the South of France in a nine hour private tour

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Stop At: Abbey of Thoronet, Btwn Draguignan and Brignolesb, 83340 Le Thoronet France

Largely built between 1160 and 1190, Thoronet Abbey creates an impression of unity and great serenity. The church, the monks’ quarters and the cloister are all made of dry cut stone (no mortar), following ancient and austere building techniques, expressing the very essence of Cistercian life: poverty, purity and simplicity. Stone and light perfectly work together and emotion emerges from the stark austerity of the architecture. For centuries, the stones here have carried the songs of the monks, and today, tour guides continue the tradition.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, 6 Place Jean Salusse, 83470, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume France

the building of the church and the adjacent convent began in 1295. It is now the only large Gothic church in Provence.

It was not until 1279 that excavations were undertaken under the "oratory" of St. Maximin. After the discovery of the body of Mary Magdalene and the official recognition of these relics in 1281, Charles II of Anjou, Count of Provence, decided, with the approval and encouragement of Pope Boniface VIII, to build a magnificent basilica in the honor of Mary Magdalene.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Place du Palais des Papes, 84000, Avignon France

The largest Gothic palace ever built, the Palais des Papes was erected by Pope Clement V, who abandoned Rome in 1309 in the wake of violent disorder after his election. Its immense scale illustrates the medieval might of the Roman Catholic church

Duration: 45 minutes
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