Palais des Papes, Avignon

Must see · World heritage site · 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 on your holiday in Avignon, and find out what else Avignon has to offer, use our Avignon.
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  • I don't usually write reviews of attractions, but, apart from a couple of painted rooms, all you see inside are empty rooms. The Popes took all that was inside back to Rome! Stay in the outside. It....  more »
  • The Palais is full of history but there's not much actually inside of it to show you what it was like. And so they've got this tablet called the Histopad that is supposed to help you envision what it....  more »
  • Absolutely worth a visit!! The “Histopad” guide is great. Arranging the Headset is a bit tricky but once it’s done works perfectly. Also is more hygienic than the classic Headsets.  more »
  • A beautiful landmark to tour. The AR experience provided with easy to carry tablets makes it easy to imagine how the palace may have felt when it was inhabited and filled with dining guests. The stairs may be difficult for less mobile guests to navigate, but the grounds are still impressive even if you are not able to explore all of the nooks and crannies. There is a small coffee shop on the top providing a beautiful view and opportunity to rehydrate.
  • The AR experience was not something I enjoyed too much. I can see smaller children really enjoying it but I prefer to have a live tour guide. I found myself looking at the tablet more than the actual place. Unfortunately the castle itself was fairly empty as the AR was most of the exhibit. There were a few cool things to look at or read but not as much as I’d like. Wasn’t for me personally but I’m sure a lot of other people would enjoy it.
  • Great historical memorial. Good exposition inside. Great guide that makes the tour suitable for kids. We’ve had a great cultural and historical experience here. Would recommend visiting if you’re a fan of that stuff.
  • The unique Pope palace has a long history. Do your homework if you want to be updated, use the 3d vr glasses for unique effect inside the palace, or watch the amazing light show on the walls, during the summer, where the story of the many forms and reforms of the palace is shown. Plan your trip for a complete tour and walk on the famous half destroyed, bridge of Avignon. A hot spot for the tourists, combined with the extraordinary theater festival "Off", during July, attracts thousands of people. Look out for the "In" shows, and exhibitions, taking place inside the palace court. Beautiful gardens and great view from the top, take your time to relax and enjoy.
  • Whoa, it's much bigger than I imagined. Great architecture and wonderful views of the city below and beyond the river. Charming little cafes outside as well.

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