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Palais des Papes, Avignon

Palais des Papes, Avignon (must see)

The Palais des Papes is a historical palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Since 1995, the palais des Papes has been classified along with the historic center of Avignon, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Palais construction began in AD 1252. Avignon became the residence of the Popes in 1309, a period known as the Avignon Papacy. The Palais was built in two principal phases with two distinct segments, known as the Palais Vieux (Old Palace) and Palais Neuf (New Palace). By the time of its completion, it occupied an area of 11,000 m² (2.6 acres). The building was enormously expensive, consuming much of the papacy's income during its construction. The interior of the building was sumptuously decorated with frescos, tapestries, paintings, sculptures and wooden ceilings.

The majority of the Palais is now open to the public; it also houses a large convention centre and the archives of the département of Vaucluse. With 15,000 m2 of floor space, this is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe.

Opening hours:
The Popes' Palace is open every day of the year. The last tickets are sold one hour before closing time.
From 1st September to 1st November : 9am - 7pm; From 2d November to 29 February : 9:30am - 5:45pm; March : 9am - 6:30pm; From 1st April to 30rd June: 9am - 7pm
July : 9am - 8pm; August : 9am - 8:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Palais des Papes on Map

Sight Name: Palais des Papes
Sight Location: Avignon, France
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Avignon, France

Create Your Own Walk in Avignon

Create Your Own Walk in Avignon

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Avignon's Top Religious Sites

Avignon's Top Religious Sites

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Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
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Avignon's Architectural Jewels

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles