Rocher des Doms, Avignon

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    Villeneuve from the Rocher des Domes
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    view of the Pont Neuf
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    Beautiful Gardens Above Avignon WIP 4/1/15

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Mar 31, 2015

    With magnificent views of the Rhone River and countryside, the Rocher des Doms is a great place to escape from the clatter of Avignon. Lush gardens, pools, a children's playgrounds, and signs pointing out sights in the surrounding are just a few of the things that can be found in this seven acre park above Avignon near the Palace of the Popes. The panoramic views of the bridge, Rhone, and surrounding countryside are worth the trip to the gardens alone.

    While the gardens have been a place for residents to stroll and promenade for hundreds of years it wasn't until 1830 that the gardens were formally laid out, The gardens, which are approximately thirty meters above the river, show examples of both French and English classical styles. There are also many statues celebrating key individuals in Avignon's past.

    We visited the gardens on two different occasions on weekdays. It was surprising to see how many school age children were running up and down the streets leading to the gardens as well as enjoying the one play area.

    The gardens are free to visit and open at 0730 every day. The closing time varies depending on the time of the year.

    Pond Within the Rocher des Doms View from the Gardens Windy Entrance To the Gardens  - Avignon Images co

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    Stunning views from Rocher des Doms

    by black_mimi99 Updated Nov 14, 2014

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    The Rocher des Doms is a bouldered spur which that lies north of the Palais des Papes in Avignon. Climb to the top and enjoy the panoramic views of Provence from the lovely park on its summit. The botanical park was a large undertaking when it was built in 1830; it masks a reservoir that once supplied all of Avignon with water.

    From the top, we can see the stunning views of the Rhône, including the well-known Pont St Bénézet, the isles of Barthelasse and Piot surrounded by the river, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, and the Alpilles. At Rocher des Doms there is also for children playing ground, a cafe face to the pond which in the middle of the pond, the elegant bronze Venus with Swallows (1893) by Félix Charpentier was originally located in the city by the Church of Saint Pierre but was moved here after outraged local clerics organized a petition against her "immodesty".

    View from Rocher des Doms For children playing on the Rocher des Doms Cafe at rocher des Doms
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    A relaxing place to stroll

    by GentleSpirit Written Oct 9, 2014

    If you are at the cathedral just take the ramp upwards, you will end up o a beautiful bluff overlooking the river. It is a lovely park space with lots of shade trees and fountains. As it is 30 meters above the river you get great views all around.

    The terrace offers an amazing wide open view of the surrounding region. As you are entering you will see the war memorial and a plaque honoring those deported to the concentration camps from Vacleuse. Keep going up and it opens into a lovely garden. It was a nice place to sit down and have lunch and just enjoy the quiet.

    view of the Pont Neuf Villeneuve from the Rocher des Domes
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    Rocher des Doms

    by Nemorino Written Jul 2, 2014

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    This ‘Rock of the Monks’ (if I have translated Rocher des Doms correctly) is a steep outcropping behind the Palace of the Popes, overlooking the Rhône River Valley. At the top of the rock is a park with a pond, statues and walking paths.

    The first human settlements in Avignon are said to have been up here on the Rock, since it was easy to defend.

    Second photo: The Saint-Bénezet Bridge and Barthelasse Island from the Rock. The tower off to the right is the Tour Philippe le Bel in Villeneuve lez Avignon.

    Third photo: View from the Rocher des Doms looking towards the Fort Saint André and Abbey Saint André on Mont Andaon in Villeneuve lez Avignon.

    Fourth photo: Looking southwest from the Rocher des Doms. The bridge in the foreground is the treacherous Pont Edouard Daladier, a road bridge with dangerously narrow bicycle lanes and sidewalks. In the background are the twin railway viaducts over the Rhône River and Valley. These are part of the “LGV Méditerranée” (‘Mediterranean line of great speed’) that was opened in 2001.

    Website: http://www.avignon-et-provence.com/avignon-tourism/monuments/rocher-des-doms.htm#.U5gibHbWi8A

    Next: Petit Palais Museum

    Park on Rocher des Doms View from Rocher des Doms View from Rocher des Doms View from Rocher des Doms

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    Rent a Roman Chariot

    by Beausoleil Updated Mar 28, 2013

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    Well, sort of . . . There is a magnificent park at the top of the rock above the Palace of the Popes. There are fountains, food, swans, ducks, a playground, and a plaza with magnificent views of the famous bridge, the fort across the river and the surrounding mountains.

    The thing that looked most fun to me was the Roman chariots. They are little pedal chariots with a mechanical horse that little kids can use to zip around the park and over the plaza. It always looked like so much fun that I wished I was a little girl again. If you have your children or grandchildren with you, let them have chariot races.

    If you just want to take pictures, you can spend hours right on the Rock.

    Roman chariot on the Rocher des Doms Sur le pont d Fort St. Andr�� from Rocher des Doms Mont Ventoux from the Rocher des Doms Carousel in Place de L'Horloge
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    War memorial at Rocher des Doms

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Dec 7, 2011

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    This rather lovely monument to the two World Wars executed in an Art Nouveau style is very much to my liking. But I'll be damned if I can find out anything more about it!

    I can, however, tell you where it is, so that you can at least go and enjoy it for yourself: it is at the entrance to the Rocher des Doms park, just up from the Place du Palais, and less than 500m from the entrance to Palais des Papes.

    Beautifully executed and very moving.

    War memorial at Rocher des Doms War memorial at Rocher des Doms

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    Who was Jean Althen?

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Dec 6, 2011

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    There is a rather good statue of a chap called Jean Althen on display in the park at Rocher des Doms ... which of course begs the question, "Who was he in the first place"?

    The plaque is cryptic and just notes that he was Armenian and that he was an agronomist. This didn't leave me a lot wiser as to why he had been afforded such prominence, and so I undertook a little recreational research.

    It turns out that M. Alten's contribution to Avignon's economy was significant, as he was the first man to commerically cultivate the madder plant to the area during the early 18th century. The madder plant is used to produce a whole range of natural dyes, which were subsequently used in Avignon's textile industry, which was experiencing a resurgence at the time.

    Unfortunately this didn't help Jean Althen much, as despite his achievements, the poor man died a pauper in 1774.

    Memorial to Jean Althen, Rocher des Doms

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    Views From the Rocher des Doms

    by hquittner Updated Feb 8, 2011

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    There is a bluff that extends further up from the area near the Cathedral called the Rocher des Dom. This area must have been the earliest habitation. It is now a park and gardens as well as an out door place to eat lunch. Walking around on the bluff one has the finest views across the Rhone, with a view of Villeneuve-des-Avignon and below of the Pont St. Benezet. Walking further around one sees other sights.

    The Lake and Lunch Site On Rocher des Dom View To Villeneuve From Rocher des Dom
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    Rocher des Doms

    by MM212 Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    Rocher des Doms is a rocky hill that has been transformed into a beautiful park. It is located in the city centre, between the Cathedral and the River Rhône, and offers beautiful views of river, Pont d'Avignon and Villeneuve-Lès-Avignon.

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    Explore the Rocher des Doms

    by rexvaughan Written Aug 12, 2004

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    This great park on top of the hill is a wonderful and relaxing place. It is very well landscaped and preserved. This little pond in the middle with swans is a perfect place to rest from the climb and enjoy beautiful natural surroundings. Wander through the park as well as seeing the great views.

    Swans in the Park

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    Rocher des Doms

    by rexvaughan Written Aug 3, 2004

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    This is a beautiful park on the hill above the Palais and offers great views including this one of the lovely Rhone, the city itself and the Pont St. Benezet. It is a lush garden with lots of trees, shrubs, blooms, statuary and a very nice little pond with a fountain and swans. It closes in the evening so go either early morning or late afternoon to get the best light. It is a short but somewhat steep walk up from the Palais plaza. You could also catch one of the trams.

    The Rhone from Parc de Rochers des Doms

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    Rocher des Doms

    by rwlittle Updated May 2, 2004

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    This is a nice park perched upon a hill, next to the papal palace and the cathedral. It offers nice views of the surrounding contryside. There's a little pond in the park, and Michelle spent 45 minutes conversing with an old man who was feeding the birds in the pond, all in French--I was very impressed.

    The photo shows a statue at L?Espace du Souvenir Francais.

    statue at L���Espace du Souvenir Francais, Avignon
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    Rocher des Doms

    by sue_stone Written Feb 27, 2004

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    The Rocher des Domes (a cliff top park) is just up the hill from the Palais des Papes and is worth the walk.

    From here there are great views of the Rhone River and the Pont St-Benezet.

    view from the park
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