Education The skull of Mary Magdalene and her mysterious smell of roses

Oct 15, 2020
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Some say that Mary Magdalene ended her days with San Juan and the Blessed Virgin in Ephesus, another legend assumes that the woman ran away with Lazarus and his sisters, reaching the coasts of Gaul. Mary Magdalene evangelized part of France and spent her last days in a cave in Provence.

On 10 December 1279 in some excavations ordered by King Charles II, the remains of Mary Magdalene were found intact, in the dust of the tomb there was a wooden tablet wrapped in wax.

It is said that when the tomb was first opened there was a wonderful ′ ′ smell of roses ′ ′ filling the air, and there was a small piece of skin attached to her body, in the place where Jesus touched it after his resurrection, the bishops assumed that through the miracle of Jesus’ touch the skin was still alive.

After 2 years, the alleged skull of Mary Magdalene is kept in a small town in France, for all to see, many witnesses assure that the characteristic ′ ′ aroma of roses ′ ′ continues to persist.

Where is the skull of Mary Magdalene?

It is located at the basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (in French: basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine) is a Catholic place of worship in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, in the Var department, seat of the parish of the same name belonging to the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon.

The church has been a historical monument of France since 1840 and a minor basilica since 2018. It is one of the main examples of Gothic architecture in Provence.



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