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Located east of Aix-en-Provence, the Sainte-Victoire mountain, rises to 1,011 m high (Pic des Mouches). This gigantic wave of limestone towers above the surrounding countryside on 18 kilometres to go and flirt with the department close to Var. If its northern side gently goes down in a series of plateaux towards the plain of Durance, the southern side and its dizzying precipice on Vallée de l'Arc testify to an eventful geological history. It is on the side of this high wall that the Roman consul Caius Marius pushed the Teutons and the Cimbres in 102 BC: the mountain then finds its name, that of Victoire. Sanctified at the Middle Ages by Christians, it was renamed Sainte-Venture, before taking its current name in the 17th century, derived from its Provencal patronym: Mont Venturi mount. Paradise of hikers and nature lovers (there are 900 flowering plants, 27 mammal species and 126 different bird species), the massif would have been paced up and down, according to a study published in January 2011, by 930,000 people between March 2009 and March 2010! Sainte-Victoire is also known to have inspired the painter Paul Cézanne who dedicated nearly a hundred canvases to it. It is the one which has immortalised it who still speaks about it best: "Look at this Sainte-Victoire. What an impulse, what a pressing thirst for the sun and what melancholy in the evening when all this weight falls down... These blocks were fire. There is still fire in them."
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