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Avignon

Architectural treasures

Avignon et le Palais des PapesHead of the department of Vaucluse, Avignon is located at the confluence of the Rhone and the Durance. It is thus neighbouring departments of Gard and Bouches-du-Rhone.

Avignon is a vibrant, dynamic town. The walks, summer in the city centre, shows a crowd of tourists who came to admire one of the most beautiful cities of Provence. In the streets, young artists perform in front of the terraces of cafes, and smiling and relaxed atmosphere bathes the city in a festive atmosphere.

The houses are elegant in Avignon, treated, but the narrow streets do not facilitate the movement plans. So the best way to visit Avignon is no doubt take the "toy train", which will make you discover alleys surprising.

Des trompe l'oeil en hommage au théâtreAvignon is known worldwide as ancient papal city. In 1309 indeed, under Pope Clement V, Avignon became the residence of the popes, already owners of the Comtat Venaissin. The cited was sold June 9, 1348 to Clement VI by Jeanne of Naples, queen of Naples and Countess of Provence. In total the nine popes (including two schismatic), which will succeed in the Palais des Papes.

This palace today attracts tourism important, reinforced by the wealth and architectural beauty of the city, which has yet nowadays old houses beautifully preserved and restored, as well as remarkable walls and in excellent condition.

Le pont d'Avignon is another emblem of the city, well known for the rhyme is dedicated to him. Note that the bridge deck Saint Bénezet, and the Palais des Papes are classified as world heritage by UNESCO.

Festival of Avignon

Statue de Molière devant le théâtre d'AvignonSince 1947, Avignon hosts a festival of theatre where many actors, dancers and singers come to occur during the month of July. The city hosts then over 800 performances and 570000 spectators each year. The hearing of this festival continues to grow both its immense qualities are recognized by both professionals and the public.

We must also recall that it was in Avignon, in the nineteenth century, was born the great movement of the Renaissance Provence. Buoyed by Frederic Mistral (1830-1914), this movement succeeds, in 1854, the creation of Félibrige.

Avignon is today a real crossroads and cultural tourism. In 2000, it is designated "European City of Culture. The aura that identifies the city in our time would have been to the liking of King Rene, Count of Provence and the Duke of Anjou, spent a very long stays in this city.

Pictures of Avignon

Le Pont d'Avignon (Pont Saint Benezet) Un centre ville toujours animé Jeunes artistes Jardin du Palais des Papes Remparts d'Avignon Terrasse d'un café, place du Palais des Papes

Around Avignon

Villeneuve lez Avignon - Orange - Vaison la Romaine - Nîmes - Arles - Salon de Provence - Aix en Provence - Tarascon - Saint Rémy de Provence - Aigues Mortes - Beaucaire - Barbentane - Fontvieille - Maussane les Alpilles - Baux de Provence - Alpilles - Mont Ventoux - Dentelles de Montmirail - Cavaillon - Carpentras - Fontaine de Vaucluse - L'Isle sur la Sorgue - Graveson en Provence - Le Thor

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