The cathedral of Avignon ,Notre Dame, is next to the Palace of the Popes. It is mainly 12th century. Admission is free. On top of the tower is a huge statue of the Virgin.Mary. There were 7 Popes regeining in Avignon France.
The cathedral was built in the 12th century, and underwent renovations in the 15th and 17th centuries. It was built on the Rocher des Doms and overlooks the Rhone valley. The bell tower is now crowned by a gilded statue of the Blessed Mary. The cathedral is next to the Palace of the Popes.
A golden statue of Virgin Mary (weighing 4.5 tons) stands on the dome of Romanesque Cathédrale Notre Dame des Doms (built 1671–72), her outstretched arms protecting the city.
Notre Dame des Doms is located on Place du Palais, adjacent to the Palais des Papes, in the most heavily touristed part of Avignon. Notre Dame is Avignon's cathedral - that is, the seat of an archbishop - and largely dates from 12th century.
Its most notable feature is a large, gilded statue of the Virgin Mary - a 19th century addition - which is visible from across much of the city and is thus quite useful for navigation purposes. She weighs in at a substantial 4.5 tonnes, and is thus somewhat hard to miss!
I am usually a fan of Romanesque architecture, but I have to say that this church didn't light my candle, perhaps because it was subjected to some ill advised Byzantine additions in the 15th century. I find the outside of the building somewhat squat in appearance, and the dazzling gold of the statue in particular looks gaudy against the honey coloured stone of the Palais des Papes.
The interior is more to my liking and would provide welcome respite from the sun on a hot day - however, it is surprisingly small, so you are unlikely to get too much peace given the constant traffic of fellow tourists. Its most notable feature is the tomb of Pope John XXII (who died in 1334) which is an excellent piece of Gothic carving.
Looking at Pope John's tomb, I wondered idly why it took another six centuries for a Pope to choose the name John again (John XXIII, the great reformer of the 20th century Catholic Church was elected in 1958 and died a few days after I was born). He wasn't even an Antipope, so could he have been so bad that nobody wanted him as a namesake for over 600 years?
The church has no aisles and originally had windowless side walls. It contains a dome over the crossing, on squinches, becoming octagonal and a painted inner face. Next to the altar is a fine archbishop's throne. It was baroque between 1670-72.
The Cathedral was built between 1140-60 upon remains of an older church. During the 14C, when the Popes were in Avignon, fine frescos by Simone Martini were created upon the aislwer which has beeb extee-less walls. These slowly deteriorated and were removed to the Papal Palace in the 20C. Side chapels were added to the church in the 14-16C and the interior was baroqued shortly after. There is an early Romanesque porch and above it is a tower that was extended in the 15C and in 1859 topped by a large statue of the Virgin.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d'Avignon is better known as the Cathedral of Avignon. The Cathedral is Roman Catholi is a Roman Catholic cathedral a national monument of France. The CAthedral sits high above the Palais des Papes and is the seat of the Archbishop of Avignon.
The Romaneque building is quite beautiful and has a striking cross in the front of the cathedral. The guilded statue of Mary is a big attraction of visitors to the western tower. The cathedral is beautiful and a dominant figure of the square. The Cathedral perched high above the Palais gives a "God is Watching You" feeling....maybe that was the reasoning behind the location.
The unusual looking church is an amalgam of several works of construction completed over seven centuries. The church was built in the 12th century and restored after damage over time. The tower was added in the 15th century, but the statue of the Madonna dates from the 19th century.
There is Notre Dame Cathedral on which roof there is the huge statue of maiden Maria is installed. During Popes living in Avignon, the city has strikingly changed. Its population grow up to 30 thousand. Around the palace there was a set of churches.
Churches Sent Jean and Sent Martel, Big church create a harmonious architectural ensemble. Interiors of the palace are decorated by frescos of Johvanetty.
We snapped this photograph in the evening. The locals light up the papal palace and this cathedral in the night-time. The cathedral is situated near the papal palace, and is accessible in the daytime.
Notre Dame des Doms started out as a monument of Roman Provencal art and after many transformations and renovations, it has become an imposing and richly ornate building. The statue of the Virgin is 6 metres high, weighing in at 4 and a half tons.
See the awesome Painting of Jesus here at the Notre Dame des Domes (read: Cathedral). Beautiful art work indeed! There are quite a handful of interesting museums here.... Let me try and name some of them:
Musée Calvet. This is a small 18th century mansion containing classical and modern art, Greek sculptures and a local prehistorical collection. Very nice!
(1) Musée Lapidaire. Situated inside the chapel of a 17th century Jesuit College. It contains a collection of stone carvings and sculptures from the different civilizations.
Address: Rue de la République.
Open: Daily except Tue, 10AM to 7PM.
(2) Musée Louis Vouland. Decorative arts.... especially for 18th century French furnishings, porcelain and tapestries.
(3) Musée Requien. A large worldwide collection of herbarium; local botanical, geological and zoological collections. It also has an excellent natural history library.
(4) Musée Théodore Aubanel. Printing implements and methods, and rare editions and documents about Avignon from the 13th to 20th centuries.