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Palais des Papes, Avignon

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Palais des Papes is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe, with 15,000 sq m (50,000 sq ft) of floor space. This was the residence of the sovereign pontiffs in the 14th century, and is today one of UNESCO's world heritage sites. Visit the chapels, cloister, ceremonial halls, and the Pope's private apartments, decorated with priceless frescoes. The Musée de l'Oeuvre within the palace describes the development and history of the building. To visit Palais des Papes and get the most from your holiday in Avignon, create itinerary details personal to you using our Avignon vacation generator.
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  • Once you know the why, who and what you can really take in the story of the Palace. The history is like a novel and the vastness of the palace is remarkable  more »
  • Very ansehenswert, but the modern exhibitions in the historic halls have irritated me.
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  • What beautiful piece of history! It's a pity that the mediation is also little suited to the general public. The audio guides are very technical. For children 6 to 9 years old, difficult to project into the life of this place under the papacy. When a background of public or private to develop an application for a visit actually increased!
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  • I somehow expected more of the palace itself. It's been turned into a sort of space for modern art. However, there is a rich history behind the place that is very interesting. I recommend getting the audio guides or at least reading all the placards. There is a 7 minute movie on the first floor. Don't miss it!
  • Impressive building that saw a lot of history. Audio-guide is good and they offer expositions of different art all year round. Several bars and toilets available. Visit as soon as they open.
  • The palace itself was excellent but the museum of African artifacts displayed on the grounds and inside detract from the overall experience. Views of rooms are often obstructed by massive, unrelated exhibits. Very poor signage and unclear direction to move through the museum. In fact it seemed that there was more signage dedicated to the exhibits than to the history of the palace. And in the most important room, the pope's residence, there was almost no informational displays within the room, and absolutely no information available in languages other than French. Some basic and minor improvements could vastly enhance the overall experience.
  • One of my Top 10 favourite place to visit in France. Very well conserved for centuries. Built to impress from the outside and quite lavish in the inside.
  • A must when in Avignon. I recommend to do the ticket with the bridge ("Pont d'Avignon") included, worth it even only economically speaking. The complex is well kept, has a lot to see and the history is quite amazing. Full rooms to discover and I suggest to take a look outside the windows while inside cause the view on the city is quite amazing.

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