Palais des Papes

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lucy_z lucy_z
3 reviews
A chunk of the Middle ages Jul 09, 2011
Palais des Papes in Avignon has impressed me by giving the most convincing feeling of the time travel. It is situated in very well preserved Avignon (you need to get through the old city walls to get inside), it overlooks the Ville Nueve with its abbey and the castle, and these surroundings immediately create the right atmosphere, so when you get inside the palace life of 1300s easily becomes more real than the hustle and bustle of the 21st century. Especially that the palace is so enormous you don't get the crowds of tourists even in the high season.
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MartenM MartenM
3 reviews
Jul 09, 2007
Le Palais des Papes, or Palace of the Popes, is one of the largest and most important Gothic buildings in Europe. It was built in the 14th century as a residence for pope Clement V, who didn't want to live in Rome.

The palace is beautifully preserved and almost completely open to the public. Although the leaflet promises a lot more than you get (beautiful frescoes! cultural events!), a visit is very rewarding. The audioguide gives a good look into the history of the palace and Avignon as a papal city, and makes that you see a lot more than without one.

If you are interested in medieval architecture, history or a beautiful view over Avignon, the palace is a good place to visit.

Cost: €9,50 without reduction, €7,50 with reduction (students, elderly, holders of a validated Avignon Pass, etc.)
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llmaddox llmaddox
2 reviews
Aug 27, 2007
The large and impressive edifice of the Palais des Papes is about all you need to see of this attraction. The interior space is mostly vacant except for a few frescoes and some impressive sculptures. You probably learned all you need to know about this place in your European History class and wall texts are all in French, so unless you are fluent you are out of luck.
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pjtm pjtm
7 reviews
Palais des Papes Sep 08, 2003
Impressionante obra de arquitectura medieval foi assento do poder papal duaante o séc. XIV. Edificio enorme, essencialmente vazio, propociona belas vistas dos seu terraços.

Impressive work of medieval architecture was the seat of papal power during the XIV century. Large building, essentially empty, provides beautiful views from its terraces.
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