Avignon France Travel Guide

Avignon Travel Guide
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Avignon France Travel Guide - A Vagabond Life

Avignon France Travel Guide

The Avignon France Travel Guide helps you plan your trip to Avignon.

Avignon France is an ancient town on the banks of the Rhone river inthe Provence – Alpes – Cote d’azur region is southern France. The city was a papal seat from 1307 to 1377 where seven successive popes reigned with Pope Clement VI buying the city from Joanna 1 from Naples in 1348 . Avignon remianed under papal control until the French revolution in 1791 when it became part of France.

Avignon France old city is surrounded by fully intact medieval walls and is an UNESCO world heritage site. In Avignon you will find the Palace of the Popes the home of the popes in the 14th Century and the Calvet Museum a fine art museum. Just outside the town is the Pont Saint-Bénezet, which is also known as the Pont d’Avignon, built in 1171 part of it was swept away in 1169 by a flood and has remained un touched since.

Use the Avignon Frace Travel Guide to discover what to see and do in this hstoric town, my favourite thing to do is wander the streets and then have a aperitif in the town square Place de l’Horloge.

Things To See & Do Avignon France

The Palace of the Popes - Avignon France

The Palace of the Popes 

The Palace of the Popes in Avignon France was built by Pope Benedict XII and his successor Pope Clement VI in less than twenty years, starting in 1335, and stands as the mighty symbol of the church’s influence throughout the western Christian world in the 14th century. The Popes’ Palace is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe. The visitor can see over 20 rooms, scenes of historic events, in particular the pope’s private chambers and the frescoes painted by the Italian artist Matteo Giovannetti. The Popes’ Palace has welcomed 6o0,000 visitors. It is one of the most visited monuments in all of France.

Pont Saint-Bénézet - Avignon France

Pont Saint-Bénézet

Pont Saint-Bénézet is listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, the Saint-Bénézet Bridge attracts more than 300,000 visitors per year. Of the bridge itself, there only remains the four famous arches and the Philippe le Bel tower on the Villeneuve-lès-Avignon side, and of course, the famous song known around the world. In the Middle Ages, the Saint Bénézet bridge was part of one of the most important pilgrimage routes between Italy and Spain. It would become essential to the pontifical court, which settled in Avignon France in the 14th century.

Avignon France - City Walls

City Walls

City Walls – the city centre of Avignon France is entirely enclosed by 4.3 kilometres of walls. It no longer has moats, drawbridge towers or iron-studded wooden gates which does alters its original appearance, the walls do give one a great idea of what importance of fortifications in 14th century France. Over the years, the city’s perimeter grew and successive defenses were modified, except for periods of war or plague when the population clustered around the city’s original core, the Rocher des Doms. Avignon thus had several different ramparts. The Rocher itself probably only served as refuge and surveillance post.

The Musée du Petit Palais - Avignon France

The Musée du Petit Palais

The Musée du Petit Palais, in Avignon France, houses works from the  Middle Ages and the Renaissance include art works from Botticelli, Carpaccio, Giovanni di Paolo. When the Musée du Petit Palais opened in 1976, the collections that were there came from two origins : an endowment from the Louvre and one from the Calvet Foundation in Avignon. The collection of sculptures came from donations, purchases and items stored by the city during works, donations from the Calvet Foundation and from excavations around the Petit Palais. It is today exhibited in the five halls

Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard is an amazing ancient aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River. It is part of the Nîmes aqueduct, a 50 km-long construction built by the Romans in 1st century AD to carry water from a spring at Uzès to the Roman colony of Nemausus  which is now modern day Nîmes. It is listed on the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Pont du Gard is 25 kms from Avignon France.

World Destination Guide 

There are 195 countries in the world stretching across seven continents – so there is an awful lot to see.Where to begin? Many people are inspired by a movie they have seen or a story they have heard, or a desire to see the land of their ancestors. 

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