Avignon France Travel Guide

Avignon Travel Guide
A Vagabond Life

Avignon France Travel Guide - A Vagabond Life

Avignon, a jewel in the heart of Provence, France, is steeped in a rich and tumultuous history that dates back to the Neolithic era. However, it is the 14th century that marks the most transformative period in Avignon’s past, when it became the seat of the papacy. This era endowed the city with its most monumental legacy, the Palais des Papes, a fortress and palace that stands as a testament to Avignon’s importance in medieval Europe. Alongside this towering structure, the city is famed for the Saint-Bénézet bridge, known worldwide through the song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon,” which despite its partial destruction, remains a symbol of the city’s medieval might.

Encircled by impeccably preserved ramparts, Avignon’s historic center offers a labyrinth of narrow streets, opening onto lively squares, each telling its own story of the city’s past. This once papal enclave not only boasts an architectural grandeur but also captures the essence of Provencal life, with its vibrant markets, stunning gardens, and an array of festivals that animate its streets year-round.

Travelling to Avignon is a journey through time, where every cobblestone, cloister, and corner tells a story of faith, art, and power. It’s a city where history is alive, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of its heritage and the beauty of its cultural landscape.

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, 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

The Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct, stands as a marvel of engineering and a testament to the ingenuity of antiquity. Built in the 1st century AD, this monumental structure spans the Gardon River in southern France, near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard. Stretching over 275 meters and rising to a height of 49 meters, it provided a vital water supply to the city of Nîmes, serving as a lifeline for its inhabitants. Today, the Pont du Gard is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a symbol of the enduring legacy of Roman civilization, drawing visitors from around the world to marvel at its grandeur and historical significance.

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