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    Le Palais des Papes/The Popes' Palace (1/3)

    by Redang Updated Apr 17, 2010

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    The Palace of the Popes is a symbol of the church’s influence throughout the western Christian world in the 14th century. The construction began in 1.335 and was finished in less than twenty years under the leadership of two Popes, Benedict XII and his successor Clement VI. The Popes’ Palace is the biggest Gothic palace in Europe.

    - Fax : (+33) (0)4 90 86 36 12

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    Hotel de Ville

    by Maryimelda Written Nov 26, 2012

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    The Town Hall is a truly imposing structure situated in the main square near the Palais des Papes. It is believed that, because Avignon was an extremely important city, especially as it was to Avignon that the Popes relocated during the schism, that the Hotel de Ville should reflect that importance in the light of its distinguished history.

    The building houses a number of administrative offices but is also host to special exhibitions from time to time.

    The square is lined with many restaurants, bars and cafes and is the perfect place for people watching whilst at the same time, viewing the Hotel de Ville.

    Cafes in the square opposite.
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    Visit the Office de Tourisme

    by leics Updated Aug 16, 2008

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    The Avignon Office de Tourisme is at 41, Cours Jean Jaures (which leads directly from Avignon Centre station to the town).

    It's worth seeking it out, and popping in. As with all such offices, they'll give you a map of the town but, more importantly, they'll also give you an 'Avignon Pass'. This is a little booklet which gives reduced entrance to many of the places you might want to visit: the Pont d'Avignon, Plais des Papes etc.

    Opening times:

    April to October :
    Monday to Saturday
    9am - 5pm.
    Sunday and bank holidays 9:45am - 5pm

    July :
    Monday to Saturday 9am - 7pm
    Sunday and bank holidays 9:45am - 5pm

    November to March :
    Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm.
    Saturday 9am - 5pm.
    Sunday 10am - 12am

    Not the tourist Office:Palais des Papes Not the Tourist Office: town ramparts
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    Pont Saint Bénézet/Saint Bénézet Bridge

    by Redang Written Apr 18, 2010

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    If I say Pont Saint-Bénezet, maybe you don't what I am talking about, however, if I say just Pont d'Avignon, you probably will, mostly thanks to the famous song "Sur le Pont d'Avignon...".

    It's a medieval bridge linking Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon on the left bank of the Rhòne river. Built between 1.171 and 1.185 with an original length of some 900 m. It suffered suffered frequent collapses during floods and had to be reconstructed several times.

    A flood in 1.668 forced to be permanently abandoned.

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    Tour St Jean le Vieux

    by Maryimelda Updated Nov 14, 2012

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    This tower is named after Nicolas le Besse, nephew of Clement VI, who at some point in his ecclesiastical career became known as Jean le Vieux. His mother died during the Black Plague and is buried in a chapel in the palace of the Popes.

    The tower is situated in a lovely square with cafes all around for people wanting to sit and watch the world go by.

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    Parc Agricol Perdiguier

    by Maryimelda Updated Apr 16, 2014

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    The Parc Agricol Perdiguier is a raised garden which can be found in the Botanical Gardens. It is set among the ruins of an ancient gothic church. This provides an excellent photo opportunity and I found it to be a wonderfully colourful contrast to the starkness of such historical constructions such as the Palace of the Popes and the famous St Benezet Bridge.

    A truly peaceful spot in an otherwise bustling city.

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    Walls

    by Redang Written Apr 19, 2010

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    The walls were constructed by Pope Innocent VI between 1.355 and 1.368. With a length of 4,8 kms., there are eight gates. One of them is Porte (Gate) du Rhône or du Rocher; from the 14th century, it was demolished in 1.760 to be reconstructed in 1.761. It is in front of Pont St-Bénézet (main pic). Other gates: Porte de la République (second pic) and Porte St. Charles (third pic)

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    Place de l'Horloge/Clock Square

    by Redang Updated Apr 19, 2010

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    The Place de l'Horloge is the very centre of Avignon life. On its west side the Theater and the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) built in 1.845) incorporating a 14th century clock-tower.

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    - Main: City Hall
    - Second: Theatre
    - Third: Clock Tower

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    The Rhône River

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 14, 2009

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    The Rhône River is a main feature of Avignon. The famous bridge of Avignon once spanned across the river. The river connects many french towns and was an important trade route. The river is pretty and looks clean. It was nice to take a stroll by the rier and admire the city and its views.

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    Angladon Museum

    by Nemorino Updated Jul 2, 2014

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    This mansion in the center of Avignon, just behind the Lapidaire Museum, was once the home of Jean and Paulette Angladon-Dubrujeaud, the heirs of a famous Parisian couturier and art collector, Jacques Doucet.

    The upper floor of the house has remained much as it was when the donors lived there, with a “medieval and Renaissance room”, an artists’ studio, a “Chinese room” and a living room with art works and 18th century furniture.

    In my first photo, the painting on the easel is a winter landscape by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899). Some of Sisley’s best-known paintings are on display on the fifth floor of the Orsay Museum in Paris.

    Second photo: A painting by the eighteenth century painter Charles François Grenier de Lacroix, also known as Charles François Lacroix de Marseille. He was born in Marseille around 1700 and died in Berlin around 1779 or 1782. This painting is a typical idyllic maritime scene of the type that was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, with sailing ships, towers and temples at sunrise or sunset. The most famous paintings of this type are probably those by Claude Lorrain at the Louvre in Paris.

    Third and fourth photos: When I went to the Angladon Museum in Avignon in 2014 they had a popular temporary exposition on the ground floor about the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901).

    Fifth photo: Until the spring of 2013 I don’t think I had never even heard of the painter Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968). But then on a guided walking tour of the Montparnasse district of Paris we were shown the courtyard of the building where Foujita’s atelier used to be, and later in Reims I saw the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Paix, popularly known as Foujita’s chapel, which he decorated single-handedly at age 80 after his belated conversion to Roman Catholicism. And in the Angladon Museum in Avignon I saw these two paintings, showing the artist himself and his wife. (I’m still not too impressed, but apparently some people are.)

    Address: 5 Rue Laboureur, 84000 Avignon
    Directions: Location on OpenStreetMap
    Phone: +33 4 90 82 29 03
    Website: http://www.angladon.com/

    Next: Louis Vouland Museum

    Winter landscape by Sisley 18th century harbor scene Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit Paintings by Foujita
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    Musee Lapidaire

    by roamer61 Updated May 31, 2007

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    This museum, located in a former 17th Century Jesuit College, houses a local collection of antiquities from Egypt, Greece and Rome as well as numerous local peices. One particular item of interest is this rather large Roman Funerary Stela depicting a wagon (see picture).

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    Musee Calvet

    by roamer61 Written May 31, 2007

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    This museum in a former mansion houses a large collection of sculptures, silverware and a good collection of paintings dating to the 16th Century. One can see both french and foreign works by artists such as Corot, Joseph Vernet and a couple of large canvases by Pieter Bruegel the Younger and his brother Jan.

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    Petit Palace

    by roamer61 Written May 31, 2007

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    This building houses an impressive collection of sculpture and paintings predominantly religious in nature. The majority of works are italian and date to the 13th Century. The building itself dates to the 14th Century. The single most important work to be seen here is "Virgin and Child" by the Renaissance master, Sandro Botticelli.

    Note: Though I am not Christain, it is interesting to note the different styles of medieval artists leading up to the flowering of the epoch we call the Rennaisance.

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    Place Pie

    by Nemorino Updated Jun 30, 2014

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    This is a large, lively square with several cafés and restaurants that seem to be popular with students and other local people. In the background off to the right behind the trees in the first photo is the city’s covered market hall.

    As you may have guessed, the name of this square has nothing to do with the English word pie. When the square was laid out in the sixteenth century, it was named after the then-reigning pope Pius IV (known as 'Pie IV' in French). This was an Italian man named Giovanni Angelo Medici di Marignano, who was pope from 1559 to 1565. (He resided in Rome, of course, because the popes had left Avignon nearly two hundred years earlier.)

    Fourth photo: This painting by Pierre Grivolas (1823-1906) is on display in the Calvet Museum. It shows Place Pie as it looked in 1868.

    Directions: Vélopop’ station 02.

    Next: Place des Corps Saints

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    City Hall (Hôtel de Ville)

    by Nemorino Written Jun 30, 2014

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    The Avignon City Hall is next door to the opera house on the city’s main square, the Place de l’Horloge (Square of the Clock). You can’t see the clock, because it is hidden behind the City Hall.

    Second photo: City Hall window, with flags.

    Third photo: Inside the City Hall, with lots of flags.

    Fourth photo: Place de l’Horloge (Square of the Clock), with the City Hall and nearby buildings.

    Address: Place de l’Horloge, 84000 Avignon
    Directions: Next door to the Opéra Grand Avignon.
    Location and photo on monumentum.fr.
    Phone: 04 90 80 80 00
    Website: http://avignonfrance.ca/attractions/avignon-city-hall.html

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