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Avignon Travel Guide

Avignon's Monuments

Avignon is not only an administrative center, is a showcase of artistic and cultural foreground. Avignon is also a city with a rich heritage. "City of Art" to the disappearance of the label in 2005 for the network of Cities and Countries of Art and History, the municipality was not included in this new network.

These are primarily the ramparts of the fourteenth century that we see when we get near the center. They are approximately 4 km long, is flanked by 39 towers and pierced by seven main gates located around the old city. The old moats were filled and turned into parking lots, once the level was much higher ramparts providing much better protection to the inhabitants of Avignon.

  • Le Palais des Papes

    The Palais des Papes called the Popes' Palace, is the most emblematic monuments in Avignon. The monument was classified as World patrimony of the UNESCO, between 1335 and 1352 was built the Popes' Palace. It is the vastest Gothic group of Europe with its 15 000 square meters. This place has a lot of mystical, you will enjoy their luxurious Gothic frescoes and maybe golden statues of the apostles hidden in the Palace by the last Pope or will discover at the ghost of the alchemist Pope.

    The Palais des Papes is the symbol of the radiation of the church on the Christian West in the fourteenth century. The construction was started in 1335, less than twenty years, it is the leadership of two builder popes, Benedict XII and his successor Clement VI. The most beautiful place at the level of interior decoration is the room of the pope. Apparently he slept with his aides, some birds and pets, and keeps her room exceptional frescoes and wooden ceilings.

  • Saint Bénézet Bridge

    The legend of Saint Bénézet was a very young herdsman when he received the divine order to build a bridge which crossed the Rhone at the beginning of the 13th century. The young shepherd heard a voice and guided by an angel arrived to Avignon where built a bridge over the Rhône at Avignon by order of the voice. And with the help of the habitants convinced by the divine message, they began to construct the building.

    In 1603 is a first arch collapses, then 3 more in 1605, largely due to heavy floods of the Rhone, but also neglect of the king, who at the time possessed a large extent. At each pass over the bridge, the popes were accustomed to make a stop in front of the chapel to pray Benezet a moment and leave a handout of a florin. In 1628 the repair of 4 arches began, interrupted by an outbreak of plague, the bridge will not be usable until 1633. Then in 1669 it won a new flood several arches, leaving behind her part, those that can be admired today.

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