This square features a number of open-air restaurants--good eating! There was also a carousel for the kids to ride, and a number of fine good-looking buildings, like the opera house shown in the photo.
The photo shos L’Opera Theatre D’Avignon, w/ la Tour de la Livrée D’Albano (Tour du Jacquement) in the background.
Le Theatre (Opera House) and Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) are located in the PLACE DE L'HORLOGE area of Avignon. This square features many open-air restaurants and on the day we were there, a lovely display of artwork was available to see.
The throbbing heart of Avignon, Place de l'horloge is located in the centre of the old town, just south of Place du Palais. The square's London Plane trees provide shade for the numerous cafés, restaurants, and merry-go-rounds. The most important building on the square is the city hall and its clock tower (Hôtel de Ville & Tour de l'Horloge).
The neo-classical Belle Epoque city hall (Hôtel de Ville) was built in the 19th century as a replacement to an older building. Only the 14th century clock tower (Tour de l'Horloge) remains from the original structure. The Gothic clock tower, which gave the square its name, was incorporated into the construction of the later Hôtel de Ville.
The Place de l'horloge is the center of activity in Avignon. There are shops, restaurants, cafe's, street vendors and a carousel. The place is hopping with people shopping, eating, people watching, children playing and tourists bustling through. We spent some time here shopping, having a meal, enjoying an ice cream and Liz riding the carousel. It was a great place to people watch and view Avignon life.
Previously known as Hôtel Baroncelli-Javon, the gothic style Palais du Roure was built in the 15th century by Pierre Baroncelli as his residence. In the 17th century, the mansion was remodelled slightly, but kept much of the original architecture, including the interweiving branches and the vaulted ceiling of the main entrance to the courtyard. In the 19th century, it was renamed Palais du Roure and eventually became a centre for Mediterranean culture. During le Festival d'Avignon (every July), the courtyard of the palace is turned into a theatre for some of the plays shown during the festival.
I am a self confessed Christmas junkie, so my ears prick up at the mere mention of a Christmas market!
Maybe I am exposing my ignorance, but I always tend to think of Christmas markets as being a Northern European phenomenon. Thus, it was both a surprise and a pleasure to stumble across mention of a Christmas market in Avignon as I was researching these pages.
The Christmas market is held in Place de l'Horloge and runs for a traditional 40 days, ending on the ancient feast of Candlemas (1 January). It looks like a lovely thing to do if you happen to be visiting here over this period - if you are lucky enough to do so, then why not write a travel tip so that the rest of us can benefit from your experience?
The interesting website below also offers information on other Christmas markets and related events in the surrounding region.
This must be a tourist trap... but I really enjoyed it. Completes the "old french" feeling I had about this city. In the central place, but I've seen it in other cities too, this carousel go round and round, surrounded with ice cream vendors and little bistro where to sip a kir...
This large square was in ancient times the Forum. Part of the oldest present standing structure here was the tower of the Convent de Saint-Laurent (itself gone) which had two stories added in 1470 as a clock level and a belfry. In the 19C the square was graced by L'Opera theatre which replaced one of the earliest theaters in the world (near the West Gate). Near-by is the present 19C Hotel de Ville. Between them is an ancient carousel
La Place d'Horloge, or the Clock-tower Square, is the center of Avignon. Here is the town hall, along with museums, restaurants, shops, and other attractions.
In the Place de Horloge is the hub of Avignon, restaurants, cafes, bars , town hall ,Opera, and Carousel. A place to sit eat and drink and watch the world go by,well some of it !.