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Palais des Papes, Avignon

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Castle Historic Site
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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  • Magnificent building an easy walk from place d'Horloge the square in front of the Palace is full of artists and other interesting vendors. The museum is worth your time  more »
  • Interesting but not ridiculously beautiful. Some nice frescoes and good explanations in English and French. Def feel I've crossed something off my non existent bucket list  more »
  • When you start you should get the double ticket to go onto the St Benizet bridge as well. The audio guide is not included in the price and not totally necessary as there is the same information in eac...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very well restored and maintained. The Palace itself is more commercial than I would prefer.