The Palace of the Popes and the Historical Center of Avignon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in France

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)

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)

Français : Plafond de la chapelle Saint-Jean (...

Français : Plafond de la chapelle Saint-Jean (depuis le sol, à l’ouest), Palais des Papes, Avignon, Vaucluse, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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. It  was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995.

Avignon became the residence of the Popes in 1309 during the Avignon Papacy. 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 llike the Vatican in Rome.

The Palace was sacked during the Revolution and was eventually taken over by Napoleon and used for the military purposes.

It became a museum in 1906.

Visit the Historic Center of Avignon to see the Papal Palace, the Episcopal Ensemble and the Avignon Bridge.

Avignon Cathedral

Avignon Cathedral (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“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.”

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