A bit of a hodge-podge, this lovely structure. Built originally on the site of a Roman forum from the first century, it became an 'extreme makeover' project from the 12th to the 19th century with bits and pieces cobbled together from Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-Gothic styles - not to mention the Roman columns from the early Christians of the 6th century. One might call this a 'rich' architectural history.
Rich, as well, are the legends that swirl around the place. With a swanky original address along the ancient Roman road, Via Aurelia, the first structue is reported to have been built smack dab on top of a Roman temple dedicated to Apollo. When the Christians came along, they added their own twist to the ongoing history, claiming that the first church on the site was founded by St. Maximinus of Aix, who arrived in Provence from Palestine with Mary Magdalene and company...in Lazarus' boat. (You may remember this group from this adventure...followed closely by this one.)
* literally: bath of sunshine (usually referring to sunbathing)
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