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Sightseeing in Avignon - what to see. Complete travel guide

Avignon is located in the southern part of France. In past the city was a center of the Catholic world and the residence of the Pope. It’s clear, after many year of such a notable position Avignon is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities of the country in both historical and cultural aspects.
Not far from the center of Avignon there is Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon hotel occupying a gorgeous 16th-century building. This construction has survived in its original form, including high … Open
The Avignon City Wall is a symbol of the old part of this town. It was built in 14th-15th centuries. Total length of this wall reaches 4.8 kilometers; the wall is equipped with 39 towers and 8 gates. The City Wall is in wonderful condition and is known as one of the oldest buildings in Europe. Chartreuse monastery is one of the most important religious sights in Avignon. It was built by the order of Pope Innocent VI in the middle of the 14th century. The biggest part of the monastery is lost, but several choir aisles have survived until now.
Another famous symbol of this city is St. Benedict Bridge that is built across Rhone. For the first time the bridge was created in 1171, but after this it was destroyed numerous times due to flood. Originally the bridge’s construction contained 22 arches, but after the flood of 1668 only 4 survived. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
In Avignon you will find restaurants devoted to various culinary trends, but more and more tourists prefer restaurants that serve national cuisine. Pot-au-feu (stew), as well as a steak, … Open
Among the most famous cultural destinations of this city we should mention Musee du Petit Palais that was opened in 1976. This museum has a unique exhibition of paintings, the majority of which were created by famous artists of the Renaissance period. The museum’s building is also an interesting object by itself as it was created in the 14th century and was owned by cardinal Arnaud de Via. During those years the building was used as a fortification citadel, later the palace was turned into a Catholic school and only then it was decided to turn Petit Palais into a museum. Sure, you cannot visit Avignon and miss to see Palais des papes d'Avignon created in 1309. Since that time the building has been rebuilt and renovated a number of times, but its atmosphere is deeply soaked into a spirit of antiquity even now.
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Map of all castles
Castles in Avignon and around
♥   Castle 'Château de Fort Saint-André' Gard, 2.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Thouzon' Vaucluse, 13.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Saint-Maurice' Hérault, 17.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Tarascon' Bouches-du-Rhône, 20.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Beaucaire' Gard, 20.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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National and city parks around Avignon
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Alpilles' , 17.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Luberon' , 43.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Camargue' , 52.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Baronnies provençales' , 62.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Monts d’Ardèche' , 88.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all galleries
Art galleries in/around Avignon
♥   Art gallery 'Musée du Petit Palais' Avignon, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art gallery 'Musée Angladon' Avignon, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art gallery 'Fondation Calvet' Avignon, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art gallery 'Musée de l Arles et de la Provence antiques' Arles, 34.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sites around Avignon from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Arenes de Nimes

From the series “Ancient amphitheaters and arenas, that are still operational”
In the 6th - 7th centuries the ancient arena lost its original meaning. During the Great Migration of Nations it was used as a fortress. The arena retained an important strategic importance until the Middle Ages, by the 18th century it was actually converted into a fortress. Outside the walls of the amphitheater were residential buildings, churches and even markets. All buildings were completely destroyed in 1786, when the first large-scale reconstruction of the theater began. Already by 1853 the amphitheater has been returned to its original appearance. Since the middle of the 19th century the most spectacular and interesting events have been held there. … Read further

Amphitheater in Arles

From the series “Ancient amphitheaters and arenas, that are still operational”
By 1825, they were all resettled, and already in 1830 the first theatrical performance took place in the amphitheater. During numerous reconstructions, architects managed to preserve the former grandeur of the ancient monument. The length of its ellipsoidal arena is 136 meters, and its width is 107 meters. The building has also preserved its incredible acoustic features. Performances taking place in the ancient theatre will impress even the most experienced travellers. … Read further
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