Palais des Papes, Avignon

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Palais des Papes is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe, with 15,000 sq m (50,000 sq ft) of floor space. This was the residence of the sovereign pontiffs in the 14th century, and is today one of UNESCO's world heritage sites. Visit the chapels, cloister, ceremonial halls, and the Pope's private apartments, decorated with priceless frescoes. The Musée de l'Oeuvre within the palace describes the development and history of the building. To visit Palais des Papes on your holiday in Avignon, and find out what else Avignon has to offer, use our Avignon.
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  • It’s completely stunning and magnificent from all angles. Renovations going on with the corner but nicely covered up. Unbelievable condition and magnificent! See photos 
    It’s completely stunning and magnificent from all angles. Renovations going on with the corner but nicely covered up. Unbelievable condition and magnificent! See photos  more »
  • If you read the reviews- you will see some love it and others seem lukewarm. I can understand the different perspectives. The site is primarily the structure- if you are expecting to see a trove of....  more
    If you read the reviews- you will see some love it and others seem lukewarm. I can understand the different perspectives. The site is primarily the structure- if you are expecting to see a trove of....  more »
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  • Great self guided tour through the palace using a tablet they provide so that you can see and hear the history and how each of the rooms were used. You can get tickets in advance at the tourist office in Avignon to get in at a set time. Much easier than standing in 2 lines. Go early to beat the crowds.
  • Avignon is a beautiful ancient city that hosted the Popes for nearly 70 years. The papal palace has been maintained and restored - it is like stepping back in time. The town and papal square are alive with restaurants, shops, music and many fun activities.

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