Palais des Papes, Avignon

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    Examine the Frescos In The Chapels & A Few More

    by hquittner Written Feb 15, 2011

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    The inside of the two conjoined Papal Palace is surprising for its immense size. Not only are many of the rooms large but they are also tall. In the mid-14C there were few frescos and no painting on panels, little sculpture and tapestry had not yet developed. So most of the walls are bare end some of the painting has been destroyed over the centuries. The main painter in the palace is Matteo Giovannetti of Viterbo who primarily creating the Chapels on the first and ground floors, which project from the east side of the palace. The first was done in 1343-45, the lower essentially at the same time. The other extant painting is on the walls of the third level of the Tour de la Garde-Robe (also called the Room of the Deer or Cerf}. This is a secular work with the main section containing four people and a holding pond containing fish for the dinner table. Finally the Popes bedroom has walls painted with decorations and a floor covered with painted tiles. (These pictures were made in 1986; apparently these were permitted then not not after 2000, when we were last there).

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    The Outsides of the Palais des Papes

    by hquittner Written Feb 2, 2011

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    The conjoined Papal Palaces are in different styles. The older one to the north and somewhat eastern section, the Vieux Palais, was built in Cistercian style under Benedict XII surrounded a cloister and between between 1335-40. The Southern West (New) section was built from 1342-51 in Gothic style. The entrance is near the northwest edge of the gothic section and leads into a large Court of Honor. The entire structure was finished in 1367 and has a total area of 15,000 square m.

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    Palace of the Popes

    by Suet Updated Sep 3, 2010
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    It is amazing the amount of power the popes and the Catholic Church had at that time. Meetings were often held in secret to make decisions and also to retain the power of the C hurch members. You can walk round this Palace and imagine the covert goings on, the rich vestments and attire of the popes, the food and wine being served in the great hall.

    It's great if you like to step back in time and see what life was like then.

    This is a better site and more pictures if you want to explore:

    http://www.hickerphoto.com/palace-of-the-popes-france-14276-pictures.htm
    www. avignon-tourisme.com

    For those trying to plan expenses, on 07.05.2010 the entrance fee for one person was 13 Euros.

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    Palais des Papes - amazing history

    by sirgaw Updated Dec 19, 2009

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    The UNESCO World Heritage Listed building is touted as the largest Gothic Palace in Europe is huge and was home to 7 Popes during the 14th century when Italy was at war.

    There are some 25 rooms and halls open to the public and it is suggested at least 4 hours visiting time. Disability access is very limited

    A combined entrance fee to both the Papal Palace and the Bridge of Avignon is available - cost in high season 11.50 € or 9 € for seniors - audio guide (a must) included.

    Photo 1 is the exterior of the palace taken close to sunset.
    Photo 2 is the inside of the cooks chimney, where no doubt there were many sides of various creatures roasted.

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    Palace of the Popes

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 9, 2009

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    At one point in time Avignon was the papal seat of Roman Catholicism. I am not a Actholic but Liz is well versed in her Roman Catholic History especially as it pertains to Avignon. The best way to describe the Palace is that it looks like a fortress. The buildings are massive and look down onto the square below. The Gothic Towers of the palace are quite impressive. Inside the palace is huge with high vaulted ceilings and beautiful stone and artwork throughout. The stone paintings of the palace's chapels are beautiful and still look vibrant thats to the care and restoration provided to this site.

    I was glad to have come to see the Palace and wander through it's corridors, halls and stairways. The Palace tour with audioguide was 10.50 Euros each but was definitely worth it.

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    The Papal Palace

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 4, 2009

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    The first thing you'll notice about this great palace is its fortress-like appearance. It was meant to protect the Pope, who was guarded by a military garrison. In the 1304, Pope Clement V moved here for security, rather than go to Rome for his consecration. Seven Popes lived here. But in 1377, at the behest of St. Catherine of Siena and others, Pope Gregory XI moved back to Rome.

    Afterward, the Church retained control of this palace. During the Revolution, this palace was ransacked by mobs and much of the original furniture and artwork was destroyed or taken. In 1810, it was made into a French army barracks.

    But in 1969, the city began to restore the palace. It's one of southern France's most popular tourist attractions.

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    The Palace of the Popes

    by kenyneo Updated May 11, 2008

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    Hey this is such a holy place and because of my artistic photography skill , I have turned it to the two legendary con bra for Madonna , so say VTer Norali ...not sure if I should feel proud to be compared to Jean Paul Gautier or should blush like a lobster ..hehehe....anyway this an interesting place that you should not miss because they moved from here to the Vatican City ...

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    Palais des Papes

    by MM212 Updated Jul 11, 2007

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    Le Palais des Papes was the seat of the Catholic church and the Pope for a good part of the 14th century. Troubles in Rome had led the newly elected Pope Clement V in 1309 to move the seat of the church from Rome to his home city Avignon, which saw seven Popes lead the church from here before moving back to Rome in 1377. At first, the pope used the Palais Episcopal, which existed on the site before Pope Benoit XII ordered the construction of a new palace in 1334. Le Palais des Papes was constructed in two stages. The older part is now referred to as Palais Vieux, and the newer part, built two decades later, is Palais Neuf. After the 14th century, the Palais was neglected and at times used as a prison. It is now a museum and has been listed as a world heritage site by the UNESCO.

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    Palais de Papes (Palace of the Popes)

    by roamer61 Updated May 31, 2007

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    It was the Great Schism that forced the popes to flee here. It was Clement V, who first moved in in 1309, ushering a marvelous century, only interrupted by the Black Death during the middle of the century.

    This is the most prominent monument in Avignon. Pope Benedict XII had much of the pre-existing palace transformed into the mighty fortress we see today. It took 30 years to build. Though most of the rooms and chambers are empty, it is not hard to imagine the granduer of the place during its heyday in the 14th Century. In some of the rooms, one can still see some wonderful frescoes from the mid 14th Century.

    An audioguide is available in different languages.

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    A Vertical Building

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    We visited the Pope's Palace in 1964. This one photo of the courtyard was the only one I took that was in the horizontal orientaion. So to see the other (vertically oriented) photos of the entrance gate, door archway, clifflike walls and Indulgence Window, you need to click on the other photos.

    This is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe. It was built in the 14th century and was completed in only 20 years by popes Benedict XII and Clement VI when Avignon was the seat of the papacy.

    At the time we visited, Avignon was not very well known and was off the normal tourist track. Thirty-some years after our visit, UNESCO designated it a "World Heritage for Humanity" site. Now, the Popes’ Palace is one of the most visited monuments in all of France

    The first picture shows one of the courtyards. The walls of the Popes’ Palace are flanked by four towers - some of which are 170 feet tall (photo 2 and 5). From the Great Chapel there is an entrance to the loggia where through the large Fenêtre de l'Indulgence (Window of Indulgence - photo 4) there is a view of the Great Courtyard. From this window the Pope used to give his blessing to the assembled faithful.

    Now, the visitor can see over 20 rooms, scenes of historic events, in particular the pope’s private chambers and the frescoes painted by the Italian artist Matteo Giovannetti.

    Opening hours :
    Open every day
    November 2 - March 14 : 9:30 AM to 5:45 PM
    March 15 - 31 : 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
    April 1 - November 1 : 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    From July to September : 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

    March 15 - November 1 :
    Price = 9,50 euros
    Concession = 7,50 euros
    November 2 - March 14 :
    Price = 7,50 euros
    Concession = 6 euros
    Note : desk closed one hour before

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    Palais des Papes

    by jakesanderson Written Jul 21, 2006

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    Explore the Palais des Papes, an architectural treasure that evolved over centuries, during the schism in the Catholic Church. Enjoy a few hours with the audio guide, then wander around the grounds and have a coffee or a meal in the shadow of the palace.

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    Palais des Papes

    by cfuentesm Written May 18, 2006

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    The Popes' palace is the biggest gothic palace in the world and was home to the Popes during the 14th century. It's a magnificent palace where you can spend hours visiting the interiors. The Palace is ranked among UNESCO World Heritage.

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    Rome? - No Avignon

    by huwhit Written May 8, 2005

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    The Pope lived in this small southern French town for nearly - and the magnificant Palias des Papes or Palace of the Popes stands still today.

    A fascinating look back at the history of the Catholic Church in the early part of the last millenium will leave you with a sense of unease about the way the church was lead.

    Certainly fascinating - and makes Avignon well worth the stop off if your on your way to the Southern coast for the beach from Lyon of Paris.

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    LE PALAIS DES PAPES

    by LoriPori Written Dec 17, 2004

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    Le Palais Des Papes

    From 1309 to 1377 Avignon was the home of the Popes, the heads of the Roman Catholic Church. The Palace of the Popes "LE PALAIS DES PAPES" which dominates the city, was built nearly seven centuries ago (14th century), for the Pope, the curia and the Church government. Built in seventeen years time under Pope Benedict XII, then continued by Pope Clement VI , the Old Palace and the New Palace were continually added to and changed by their successors. Nine Popes in all governed the Church from Avignon.
    It is the biggest Gothic Palace in the world.

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    Papal Palace-Palais des Papes

    by lashr1999 Written Sep 22, 2004

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    Palais des Papes view looking out

    The papal palace-Palais des Papes is a Gothic building with walls 17-18 feet thick. It was built 1335-1364. The place was used as a barracks and is now a museum. It offers great views of the surrounding area below

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