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Visit Avignon : Papal city




Visit Avignon in France : a magnificent view spreads before those who reach Avignon along the Rhone. The eye takes in the beautiful Pont d’Avignon and the majestic Palace of the Popes rising behind the medieval ramparts that surround the city.


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Pope's Palace - Avignon

Pope's Palace © HOCQUEL A. / Coll ADT Vaucluse Tourisme

Theater festival - Avignon

Theater festival © HOCQUEL A. / Coll ADT Vaucluse Tourisme

Avignon Bridge

Avignon Bridge © HOCQUEL A. / Coll ADT Vaucluse Tourisme

Avignon - rue des teinturiers

Rue des Teinturiers © HOCQUEL A. / Coll ADT Vaucluse Tourisme

Avignon - rue des teinturiers

Pope's Palace by night © HOCQUEL A. / Coll ADT Vaucluse Tourisme

Avignon - rue des teinturiers

Pie place © HOCQUEL A. / Coll ADT Vaucluse Tourisme

  • Pope's Palace
  • Festival d'Avignon
  • Avignon Bridge
  • rue des teinturiers
  • Pope's Palace by night
  • Pie Place


Nine popes lived in and rule from Avignon during the 1300’s, making the city a major political and spiritual capital of the western world and giving rise to a significant architectural heritage much of which is today ranked as UNESCO Heritage for Humanity.


In the 17th century, Avignon remained an important crossroads of Italian and French art, and drew many artists. Long a land of refuge, Avignon was a thriving business centre, attracting foreigners, religious communities, artists, brokers, bankers and even political exiles such as Petrarch in the 1300’s. Art and architecture flourished.


Avignon lies on the Rhone river and is surrounded by 4.5 km of stone ramparts built as of 1355. Impressive, majestic Palace of the Popes overlooks the centre city, and above the Palace, the Doms Gardens afford magnificent views far and wide. The historical centre city is a meander of narrow winding streets, beautiful city mansions, and shady squares with sidewalk cafés from which to watch the world go by.



Avignon, Papal city

Selected as the European Capital of Culture in the year 2000, ranked as UNESCO World Heritage, Avignon is home to extraordinary architectural heritage that reflects its long and varied history. With the arrival of the Popes in the 14th century, Avignon became a second Rome, and remained a pontifical possession until the French Revolution.


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Pope's Palace

The Palace of the Popes: the biggest Gothic palace

The Palace was built in less than twenty years, starting in 1335. The first part was built by Pope Benedict XII, whose work was continued by Pope Clement VI. The Palace of the Popes is the biggest Gothic palace in the world. It has 15,000 square meters of floor space – which is the size of 4 Gothic cathedrals !


The visitor can see the private papal apartments and their stunning frescoes painted by the Italian artist Matteo Giovannetti. There is a museum which tells the story of the construction of the monument. Several visits are possible – on your own with a free audioguide, guided visits, theme visits, concerts…

Avignon theatre festival

Created by Jean Vilar in 1947, the Avignon Festival is one of the oldest and most famous theatre festivals in the world.

During 3 entire weeks in July, the festival presents contemporary creations in over twenty prestigious venues in the city, including the Honour Courtyard at the Palace of the Popes. The Festival “Off” adds to the intense atmosphere throughout Avignon, with hundreds of theatre troupes putting on over 900 shows in countless venues in Avignon

> Festival In : www.festival-avignon.com
> Avignon Public Off : www.avignonleoff.com

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Pont d'Avignon (Avignon Bridge)

The Avignon Bridge, also called the St-Bénezet bridge, was built in the 12th century. Wars and Rhone river flood waters did great damage, and the bridge was consistently rebuilt over the centuries, before being abandoned in the 17th century. Today, only 5 of the original 22 arches remain standing. The visit includes space devoted to the history of the bridge, to its legend, and to the famous children’s song. Open all year long. Fee charged.

Capital of the côtes du Rhône

Avignon is also the capital and the Ambassador for the Côtes du Rhône wines. Just a few kilometres north of Avignon lie the beautiful vineyards in Châteauneuf du Pape which produces an internationally famous vintage.

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Avignon passion

The Pass Avignon PASS'ION !

The Avignon Tourism Office gives out a free "PASS" card which gives discounted prices to museums and monuments. You pay full price to enter your first visit - all following visits have a 20 to 50% discount. The PASS is good for 15 days and covers the members of the family (5 persons max.) The PASS applies to all member partners. Ask for the PASS and a map at the Avignon Tourism Office.


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