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Culture of Avignon. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Town square Avignon is rich in numerous interesting historical sites. You can start your sightseeing from visiting the historic district of the city and the walls surrounding it (Town Walls). This protective facility was erected in the middle of the 14th century. The total length of the wall estimates 4.8 kilometers. This large-scale structure consists of eight gates and 39 towers. The reinforcement wall has perfectly survived till our days.
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
Carthusian monastery is one more important religious landmark. The monastery was founded in 1356 by order of Pope Innocent VI. There is a fort near the monastery. On the territory of this fort is located the tomb of Innocent VI. A large part of historical buildings was almost completely destroyed during hundreds of years, but the main buildings were restored. Nowadays these buildings look very impressive and so they are regularly visited by tourists.
Pont Saint-Benezet is one of the main symbols of the city. The first bridge across the Rhone River was built in 1185. Its length estimated 900 meters. The construction was destroyed several times due to heavy floods, so the bridge was repeatedly rebuilt and strengthened. After the last flood, which occurred in 1668, only 4 out of 22 arches of the bridge survived. Nowadays the construction has completely lost its original purpose and serves as a symbol of the city which is reminiscent of the events from the Middle Ages. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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 … Open
Little Palace museum is definitely a noteworthy sight of the city. The exhibition of the museum includes a huge collection of Renaissance paintings. The building itself is also a notable sight of a great interest. The beautiful palace has witnessed many important historical events, and during its history the building has repeatedly changed its status. Of course, Popes Castle is known as the most striking historical building in Avignon. It was built in the beginning of the 14th century and for a long time it remained the principal residence of the Pope. During the times of Napoleon the palace was converted into military barracks, and some of its facilities were used to keep prisoners. In the beginning of the 20th century began the full reconstruction of the castle. The reconstruction is continued in the present time.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Avignon and surroundings

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Public palaces near Avignon
♥   Palace 'Palais des Papes' , 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art galleries
Art galleries in Avignon
♥   Gallery 'Musée du Petit Palais' Avignon, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Gallery 'Musée Angladon' Avignon, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Gallery 'Fondation Calvet' Avignon, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Gallery 'Musée de l Arles et de la Provence antiques' Arles, 34.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Avignon
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Notre-Dame de Nazareth Orange, 20.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Notre-Dame et Saint-Véran Cavaillon, 21.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Saint-Siffrein Carpentras, 21.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Saint-Théodorit Uzès, 32.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Saint-Trophime Arles, 34 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Chapelle Saint-Honorat Arles, 34.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Notre-Dame de Nazareth et Saint-Quentin Vaison-la-Romaine, 38.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Avignon and near

Amphitheatre in Orange

From the series “Ancient amphitheaters and arenas, that are still operational”
One of the main features of the ancient theater is its unique acoustics, which was appreciated by artists in the second half of the 19th century. The first theatrical performances here began to be held in 1869, since then the amphitheater is a permanent venue for the most important city holidays and cultural events. The theater in Orange has one more secret. It is the only arena in the world that managed to preserve the original scene, it has not been touched by numerous reconstructions. … Read further

Pont d Arc

From the series “Incredible natural arches built by water and wind”
In summer the beach, located next to the arch Pont d’Arc, is never empty. Both local residents and tourists like to spend time here. Especially popular these places are with lovers of water sports. There are regularly rafting on canoes and rowing competitions. Given that the natural attraction is located at a significant distance from the busiest urban areas, a calm and pacifying atmosphere in these places reigns even in the height of summer. Near the beautiful arch and beaches you can find a lot of attractive places for hiking and secluded recreation, a visit to a natural attraction will be interesting at any time of the year. … Read further
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Avignon

Culture guide to Avignon. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Avignon: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Avignon. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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