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 on your holiday in Avignon, and find out what else Avignon has to offer, use our Avignon.
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  • An interesting self toured visit with the tablet, and included in the City Pass. The tablet guide was more of a gimic and to be honest gave little on the historic context but more of the rooms etc... 
    An interesting self toured visit with the tablet, and included in the City Pass. The tablet guide was more of a gimic and to be honest gave little on the historic context but more of the rooms etc...  more »
  • First of all, there is no air conditioning. If it is a hot summer day, it is stifling inside. The rooms that you tour are mostly empty, and though the iPad they provide shows a virtual idea of how it....  more
    First of all, there is no air conditioning. If it is a hot summer day, it is stifling inside. The rooms that you tour are mostly empty, and though the iPad they provide shows a virtual idea of how it....  more »
  • If you stay in Avignon, visiting the Palace of the Popes is a must. However, it is not the most memorable visit at it consists mainly of big empty(ish) medieval rooms. There are some historic wall... 
    If you stay in Avignon, visiting the Palace of the Popes is a must. However, it is not the most memorable visit at it consists mainly of big empty(ish) medieval rooms. There are some historic wall...  more »
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  • Possibly the best burger in France? You must try and decide for yourself. My wife and son tried some of the chef specialties but frog legs, liver, and heads of animals are not my thing. The seem to have enjoyed it. Giving 5 stars for the great burger and the willingness to have a adventurous menu in a touristy city. Service were spot on! Outdoor sitting setup were wonderfully spaced out. High recommend!
  • Great self guided tour through the palace using a tablet they provide so that you can see and hear the history and how each of the rooms were used. You can get tickets in advance at the tourist office in Avignon to get in at a set time. Much easier than standing in 2 lines. Go early to beat the crowds.
  • Absolutely worth seeing. However, it is very popular and it felt a little bit like cattle being herded through. I'd also recommend buying tickets in advance. Nonetheless, it's a very interesting and beautiful place.
  • Took the audio guides tour (various languages available) with access to the bridge after that but not the garden (crushing August sun). 14.50E for adults 11.50E for the teen. Our visit lasted about 1.5H with the little tablet that was provided to make the tour a bit more interactive and was very informative. My kids tablet froze halfway through but they replaced it and she was able to pick the tour right back up. It was still kinda hot in the building and i would recommend bringing your water. Staff was courteous and helpful.
  • Avignon is a beautiful ancient city that hosted the Popes for nearly 70 years. The papal palace has been maintained and restored - it is like stepping back in time. The town and papal square are alive with restaurants, shops, music and many fun activities.

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