The Majestic Palace of the Popes and the Historical Center of Avignon is a Vino con Vista UNESCO Site in Vaucluse France

The Grand Chapel, where the Avignon popes wors...

The Grand Chapel, where the Avignon popes worshiped. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Front of Pope's Palace in Avignon. Deutsch: Vo...

Front of Pope’s Palace in Avignon. Deutsch: Vorderansicht des Papst-Palastes in Avignon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Avignon, Palais des Papes, France

Avignon, Palais des Papes, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Français : 4 anges - Cortège funèbre de saint ...

Français : 4 anges – Cortège funèbre de saint Martial – registre médian. Chapelle de saint Martial, Palais des Papes, Avignon, Vaucluse, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Avignon lies on the Rhone river. It is surrounded by stone ramparts that were built in 1355.

 

Facade of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France.

Facade of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Statue on the "Palais des Papes" in ...

Statue on the “Palais des Papes” in Avignon, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Français : La vie de saint Martial - Remise du...

Français : La vie de saint Martial – Remise du bâton de saint Pierre (détail) – Voûtain est. Chapelle de saint Martial, Palais des Papes, Avignon, Vaucluse, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Avignon

Avignon (Photo credit: LucaXino)

Français : La vie de saint Martial - Guérison ...

Français : La vie de saint Martial – Guérison de la fille d’Arnulfus – Voûtain sud. Chapelle de saint Martial, Palais des Papes, Avignon, Vaucluse, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Français : La vie de saint Martial - Prédicati...

Français : La vie de saint Martial – Prédication du Christ devant saint Martial – Voûtain nord. Chapelle de saint Martial, Palais des Papes, Avignon, Vaucluse, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Français : Chapelle saint Martial - mur ouest ...

Français : Chapelle saint Martial – mur ouest et porte. Chapelle de saint Martial, Palais des Papes, Avignon, Vaucluse, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Français : La vie de saint Martial - Miracle à...

Français : La vie de saint Martial – Miracle à Ahun – voûtain ouest. Chapelle de saint Martial, Palais des Papes, Avignon, Vaucluse, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Français : chambre du cerf - le frère du pape ...

Français : chambre du cerf – le frère du pape à la chasse, Palais des Papes, Avignon, Vaucluse, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Avignon, Palais des Papes depuis Tour Philippe...

Avignon, Palais des Papes depuis Tour Philippe le Bel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 Rhone at Avignon.

The Rhone at Avignon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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:

La Cité des Papes dans la lumière du soir le 3...

La Cité des Papes dans la lumière du soir le 31 décembre 2012, île de la Barthelasse, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence, France. (Photo credit: byb64)

“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.”

UNESCO

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.

Avignon Cathedral

Avignon Cathedral (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Schedule a Vino con Vista adventure to the  Châteauneuf-du-Pape estates in the Rhone Valley.

Here’s a link to events in Vaucluse:

http://www.provenceguide.co.uk/

Vaucluse has plenty of Michelin Stars. Find them here:

http://www.provenceguide.co.uk/home/vaucluse-in-provence/food-and-wine/restaurants/all-restaurants.aspx

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

Watch the UNESCO video:

http://www.unesco.org/archives/multimedia/?pg=34&pattern=avignon&related=

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