Palais des Papes, Avignon

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    Yes, visit the single most...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Yes, visit the single most famous landmark here - Palais des Papes. To sidetrack a little, for more than 450 years, the town of Avignon was under the rule of the Church. It was called 'Roma Gallica' - the Rome of France. And Pope Clemens VI was one of the most important Popes who lived in Avignon. Just a brief background of this town: Located in (but never a part of) the Comtat Venaissin, it was the papal see during the Babylonian captivity from 1309 to 1378; and the residence of several antipopes from 1378 to 1408. Pope Clement VI bought full title to Avignon from the countess of Provence in 1348. After the Great Schism, Avignon was nominally ruled by papal legates, but the citizens actually governed themselves. The City then became an archiepiscopal see in 1475. In 1791, after a plebiscite, it was incorporated into France. (Note: Info extracted from Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia).

    So when you're wandering in and around delightful Avignon, you'd have to bear in mind that what you are seeing here is basically heavily restored or even rebuilt monuments and palaces. The Palais des Papes was originally built as a Fortress, Take a look at the tower for proof!

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    Papal Palace

    by mallyak Written Aug 18, 2008

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    The Palais des Papes in Avignon, France is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. It is one of many places called the Palace of the Popes.

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    Palais des Papes

    by lonestar_philomath Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    Built in a twenty year span, the "palace" was a seat of the Catholic church in the 14th century.

    Read more at: http://www.palais-des-papes.com/anglais/pdpaccueil.html

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    sneak through wall

    by Aliceinhn Written Jul 31, 2004

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    I burst out laughing to see these two naked guys sneaking through wall, though I fed up with stepping up towers in Avignon.

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    La Grande Chapelle, within Le Palais

    by rwlittle Written May 2, 2004

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    La Grande Chapelle, within Le Palais

    This is a poor quality photograph, unfortunately, but this was a function of the lighting in the chapel. The "great chapel" is 20 meters high and covers an area of 780 square meters.

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    Cloitre de Benoit XII, inside Le Palais des Papes

    by rwlittle Written May 2, 2004

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    Cloitre de Benoit XII, inside Le Palais des Papes

    We shot this photo while touring the papal palace. You can see the military style architecture in the walls.

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    PROVINCE: AVIGNON

    by dewaele.j Written Feb 25, 2003

    Go to see the Palais des papes and the famous bridge. The city is very beatifully situated around the Rhone. Also visit Arles (famous amphitheatre), st Remy (Van Gogh & nostradamus)

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