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 trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • Large and impressive, but crowded and no atmosphere. A display of, in my opinion totally inappropriate modern African art, filled many of the empty spaces thus preventing you from seeing and appreciat...  more »
  • The Palace, looking more like an immense fortress was the seat of the papacy during the 14th century and later residence of the Antipopes during the schism of the Catholic Church in the late 14th century and early 15th century. Situated in the Centre of the city, the giant construction stands out right away by your height. Internally, up and down many stairs to reach the various levels of the internal spaces. Impressive paintings that remain in walls and ceilings, beautiful. Impressive also the size of some huge halls (right-most high) where they gathered the religious around the Pope. Not to be missed.
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  • This Palace is such a good looking one with nice architecture. The garden next to it is also nice and is a good place to stop by and enjoy the view.  more »
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  • +JMJ...Phenomenal tourist attraction! Visited here in the late 1980s when the ship I was deployed on did a Mediterranean Cruise. For leisure experiences, tours are scheduled for ship crew. At the time, I didn't realize it's religious aspects, but admired the vastness of the building and its architecture. Yet, no matter a person's religious affiliation, visiting this historical monument is worth every moment.
  • Impressive building outside and inside. Well worth the entry fee. Such an interesting place and packed with history. Information guides in each room in multi languages.
  • 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!
  • Amazing place, extremely interesting. The audio tour is well done and only costs 2€. We spent 4 hours here! Buy the combo ticket for the palace and bridge to save a little money. Great photos!
  • This Palace is such a good looking one with nice architecture. The garden next to it is also nice and is a good place to stop by and enjoy the view.

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