Avignon lies on the Rhone river. It is surrounded by stone ramparts that were built in 1355.
The Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) in Avignon France is one of the largest Gothic buildings in Europe; surrounded by crenellated walls. It was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. It is very close to the Cateauneuf-du-Pape wine region.
Avignon became the residence of the Popes in 1309 during the Avignon Papacy. Nine popes lived in Avignon.
The papacy spent vast amounts of money on the facade and the luxuriously frescoed interior. They are lavishly decorated by Simone Martini and Matteo Giovanetti. There are fabulous paintings and tapestries just like the Vatican in Rome.
The Palace was sacked during the French Revolution and the original luxurious contents is gone. Originally, the sumptuous fortress was the home of seven popes. It was eventually taken over by Napoleon and used for the military purposes. It became a museum in 1906.
Visit the historic papal city of Avignon to see the Papal Palace, the Episcopal Ensemble and the Avignon Bridge.
Here’s the UNESCO description:
“The surrounding ramparts and the remains of a 12th-century bridge over the Rhone. Beneath this outstanding example of Gothic architecture, the Petit Palais and the Romanesque Cathedral of Notre-Dame-des-Doms complete an exceptional group of monuments that testify to the leading role played by Avignon in 14th-century Christian Europe.”
Avignon has many interesting historic treasures and interesting things to see and do: a famous performing arts festival in the summer called Festival d’Avignon, Europe’s largest Gothic palace, Côtes du Rhône wine, a partially finished rhyme bridge and a historic 14th century crenellated walled city.
Book a room at the luxurious Vino con Vista La Mirande, housed in a 15th century building. www.la-mirande.fr
You can even take a cooking class http://www.la-mirande.fr/#/en/programme/
Check out the Avignon Cathedral.
Schedule a Vino con Vista adventure to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape estates in the Rhone Valley.
Here’s a link to events in Vaucluse:
Vaucluse has plenty of Michelin Stars. Find them here:
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com
Watch the UNESCO video: