What to see in Avignon

Avignon Attractions

Avignon is a compact, fortified city, making walking around the old town both easy and rewarding for viewing medieval architecture, gardens and squares. There are grand cathedrals and palaces from the Papal era; or for a different perspective, a particularly interesting neighbourhood is Quartier de La Balance, once inhabited by gypsies. There are several worthwhile museums, including the Musée Angladon, which houses art by Van Gogh and Modigliani.

Must-see attractions in Avignon include the magnificent Palais des Papes, the 12th-century Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms, which is right next to the imposing palace of the Pope's, the Petit Palais, which now houses some very valuable paintings, and the Pont d'Avignon, the bridge immortalised in the popular children's song, which shelters the tiny Chapelle St-Nicholas on one of its bulwarks. The city has some lovely parks and it is especially nice to find a pretty spot by the river or up on one of the hills to survey the bridge and the historic town centre.

Avignon can be overrun with tourists during its annual festival, which takes place in July each year, but this is still a fun time to visit.

Palais des Papes

Towering over Avignon, the imposing Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) is the symbol of the city's medieval power.…

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Petit Palais

Just below the Palais des Papes, the Petit Palais contains a wonderful collection of 13th to 15th-century paintings and…

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Pont d'Avignon

Behind the Petit Palais is the much photographed Pont d'Avignon, also known as the Pont Saint-Bénezet, and fondly…

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