In 1309, the French Pope Clement V moved the papal seat from Rome to Avignon. As a result, the pontifical residence became, during the 14th century, the seat of Western Christianity. It was also the beginning of an unprecedented period of arts burgeoning thoughout the city.

With construction starting in 1335, the Palais is actually made up of two buildings: the old Palais of Benedict XII which sits on the impregnable rock of Doms, and the new Palais of Clement VI, the most extravagant of the Avignon popes.
The Palace of the Popes constitutes the largest gothic edifice in the world with a total floor space of 15,000 m2 (the equivalent of 4 gothic cathedrals) and let the visitor enter the world of the 14th century Popes, their life and ceremonies as you visit unique rooms including the pope’s private chambers and the stunning decoration of frescoes painted by the Italian artist Matteo Giovannetti.
Today listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Popes’ Palace is one of the 10 most visited sites in France with over 650,000 visitors per annum.
We’ll stroll through the streets of Avignon and walk on the Bridge of Avignon, made famous all over the world through the song ”Sur le pont d’Avignon, on y danse…”

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