Amazing Sainte Victoire

The most famous mountain of Provence is internationally known thanks to Paul Cézanne who painted her in more than 80 of his canvases. And we sure can undertsand him : this beauty that keeps an eye on Aix en Provence, offers everyday a different face...
By Caroline Taret

Every visitor of the Provence region waits for the first glimpse of the Sainte-Victoire mountain to know where they are on the map and to see the subject of the famous paintings in person. The Sainte-Victoire mountain is one of the landmarks of the area: offering 11 miles full of treasures of the Mediterranean. More than one hundred species compose its wildlife, such as the mysiterious Bonelli eagle. Views taken in from various vantage points explain the diversity of the landscapes, from scrublands of pines forests. The Sainte-Victoire is not only a beautiful sight to behorld, it is also a cahllenge for hikers and a playground for climbers. Other must to see, la Croix de Provence, a 66 foot high cross structure that signifies the 17th century Priory Church (Prieuré).

But the emotional moment, for visitors and residents a like, is to have the chance to look at the mountain every day, every hour, and see the mutiple faces of Sainte-Vitoire. She bears amazing colors, captures the light of Provence and hosts the shadows of the clouds passing by. After a glimpse of the mountain, you will understand Paul Cézanne's fascination for this "neighbor". The mountain becomes a person, and Cézanne painted her as he would paint a portrait. Sainte-Victoire is one of the characters of Paul Cézanne's work, a regional jewel, that everyone looks at each time with a new and friendly eye.

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La Montagne Sainte-Victoire
Aix en Provence
Amazing Sainte-Victoire
Amazing Sainte-Victoire
Aix-en-Provence
Photography José Nicolas
Amazing Sainte-Victoire
Amazing Sainte-Victoire
Aix-en-Provence
Photography José Nicolas

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