May 30 to June 2, 1888 – Vincent visits Saintes Maries de la Mer

May 30 to June 2, 1888 – Vincent visits Saintes Maries de la Mer

Inspired by bands of gypsies in procession through Arles on their way down the 50 kilometer path to the sea through the Camargue of Provence, Vincent saw the Mediterranean sea for the first time in his life in the village of Saintes Maries de la Mer.  A sacred site which still attracts thousands of followers in late May for the celebration of the biblical journey of Mary Magdalene, Mary Solame,  and Lazarus fleeing Egypt after the crucifixion of Jesus for the welcome shores of southern France.  Saint Sarah, either a resident of the town who took in the Mary’s or a guide who brought them across the Mediterranean is venerated during the three day annual ceremonies.

 


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Seascape near Saintes Maries de la Mer

Inspired by bands of gypsies in procession through Arles on their way down the 50 kilometer path to the sea through the Camargue of Provence, Vincent saw the Mediterranean sea for the first time in his life in the village of Saintes Maries de la Mer.  A sacred site which still attracts thousands of followers in late May for the celebration of the biblical journey of Mary Magdalene, Mary Solame,  and Lazarus fleeing Egypt after the crucifixion of Jesus for the welcome shores of southern France.  Saint Sarah, either a resident of the town who took in the Mary’s or a guide who brought them across the Mediterranean is venerated during the three day annual ceremonies.   Related

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