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An important symbolic figure
Nicknamed the Giant of Provence and visible from more than 60 miles (100 km) around, Mont Ventoux is an important symbolic figure of the region. It appears in many oral tales and literary works as well as on numerous artistic or cartographic representations. Alphonse Daudet's Christmas tale Les Trois Messes Basses, incorporated in 1879 in the collection of Letters From My Windmill, locates at its top the imaginary castle of the lords of Trinquelage. Petrarch, for his part, provided numerous topographical details in his work The Ascent of Mont Ventoux, the literary recomposition of a personal experience made in 1336 following his fascination with the mountain and a romantic disappointment.
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