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Palais des Papes, Avignon

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Really worth seeing from the outside, but inside is not absolutely necessary, then up top to the observation deck and in the Café.
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  • Although you need to climb a lot of stone steps to truly appreciate the Palais des Papes, it is worth a visit. The huge plaza in front is a great place to hang out at a cafe and listen to street music...  read more »
  • admission is € 11 for adults, but it is really worth. The Palace's impressive outside as inside, really very well preserved, including the Papal room with colors on the walls that are still superb and tiles to the soils of all beauty. The cloister is remarkable and the huge rooms. Leaving the Palace of the popes, visit the "The rock of the Doms" Park which overlooks the Rhone with a beautiful view of the famous St Benezet bridge and the island of Barthelasse. Tip: If you come to Avignon by car, you can park for free in the parking "Piot island" and this parking a bus also free shuttle that takes you to the foot of the ramparts, and so very close to the Palace of the Popes. The shuttles run about every 15 minutes
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  • Great spot, fewer people early in the morning. Inner courtyards are lovely. We took a stroller but checked it at the entrance, easier to walk around that way. Write-ups in English.
  • This is a really amazing piece of history, and it's great to see the amazing structure that once housed the Pope! The main attraction of Avignon don't miss this, and be sure to pass through the Jardin next to it for beautiful views!
  • Not twin-stroller friendly (but who would have thought of that, ages ago). Great that you can leave stroller behind, and get bags instead. Interesting, and not least, translated information. Rare in France.
  • The best views in Avignon. See festival performers in the courtyard, get outside the walls, come up through the structure, and find your way to the amazing gardens on top.
  • Monumental architecture, with great history. I visited during the National Heritage Day, when the entrance was free of charge, therefore some of the rooms were not opened for the public.
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