This impressive fortress and sumptuous palace symbolizes the power of Christianity and the temporal and spiritual power once wielded by the Popes. It was the Pope’s official residence from the 14th century and is the world’s largest gothic palace. Tours available of the pope’s private apartments and various other sites - a space which is the equivalent in size to more than 4 gothic cathedrals! Today, the courtyard of the Palais des Papes is used to stage the famous Avignon festival.
The biggest Gothic Palace in the world. Seven Popes and two schismatic Popes lived in Avignon during the 14th century. The Palace was mainly built by two Popes: Benoît XII and Clément VI. Take a tour of the grand State Rooms where ceremonies and banquets were held, the chapels with their painted walls, the private Papal apartments and the terraces with their magnificent views of Avignon and the Rhône Valley. Visit the Museum (Musée de l'Oeuvre), inside the palace, included in the visit. This museum space has illustrated displays, interactive models, archaeological objects and documents which explain, in an entertaining and educational manner, how the palace was constructed and about its fabulous décor. Self-guided visit with audio guide in 11 languages (FR, GB, D, JP, SP, NL, IT, CH, Russian etc.) plus screen with synchronized 2D/3D images/videos. Themed guided tours held throughout the year. Shop, books for children about the Palais des Papes, loan of baby carriers (max 15 kg) Under 8s go free. Avignon boasts an impressive urban landscape - the Rocher des Doms, which overlooks the city and the Rhône river, provides an exceptional view of an outstanding collection of buildings: the Pont d'Avignon - the famous Pont Saint Bénezet - the City Walls, the Petit Palais, the Cathédrale des Doms and the magnificent walls of the Palace of the Popes, flanked by four towers. This unique architectural ensemble is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Open all year. 1 September - 1 November: 9am to 7pm / 2 November - 29 February: 9.30am to 5.45pm / March: 9am to6.30 pm / 1 April to 30 June: 9am to 7pm / July: 9am to 8pm / August: 9am to 8.30 pm.