Avignon beckons with tales of medieval splendor, encapsulated within its imposing walls and crowned by the majestic Palais des Papes, a testament to the city's papal history. Read more

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Avignon, set in the heart of Provence, is a historical gem defined by its medieval architecture and artistic heritage. The city reached the pinnacle of its influence in the 14th century when it was the seat of the Catholic popes, a period which endowed it with its grandest monument, the Palais des Papes. Surrounded by medieval ramparts, its cobblestoned streets lead visitors through a journey in time, with private mansions, chapels, and gardens hidden around every corner. The famous Pont d'Avignon, officially known as the Pont Saint-Bénézet, stretches into the Rhône River and is immortalized in the children's song. The city is not just a frozen relic; it comes alive every summer with the Festival d'Avignon, one of the oldest and most famous theater festivals in the world, transforming its historical venues into modern stages.

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What to do in Avignon

Palais des Papes

A symbol of the church's influence in the western world during the 14th century, this Gothic palace is one of the most important medieval gothic buildings in Europe.

Pont Saint-Bénézet (Pont d'Avignon)

Partly ruined, this famed bridge is known worldwide thanks to the French children's song and offers picturesque views of the city and river.

Place de l'Horloge

The bustling heart of Avignon, this square is lined with cafes and shops, with a merry-go-round that adds a touch of whimsy.

Avignon Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms)

Adjacent to the Palais des Papes, this cathedral is home to a significant Romanesque statue of the Virgin Mary.

Rocher des Doms

A serene public garden offering panoramic views of Avignon and the Rhône Valley.

Musée du Petit Palais

An art museum with an impressive collection of Renaissance paintings from the Avignon school as well as Italian primitives.

Collection Lambert

A contemporary art museum hosting a variety of modern exhibitions in a beautifully restored hôtel particulier.

Les Halles Market

A covered market offering a wide array of Provencal specialties and fresh products, perfect for food lovers.

Festival d'Avignon

An annual performing arts event where the city's historical buildings become venues for theater, dance, and music performances.

Rue des Teinturiers

A charming street with cafes and shops, characterized by the stream running alongside it and the wheels of former dye workshops.

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