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

Banque de France - Place de lHorloge, Avignon 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
The main shopping street of Avignon is Rue de la Republique. Large department stores and small fashion boutiques offering exclusive designer clothes are based here. On the main shopping … 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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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Avignon
♥   Palace 'Palais des Papes' , 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Avignon and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée du Petit Palais' Avignon, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée Angladon' Avignon, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Fondation Calvet' Avignon, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée de l Arles et de la Provence antiques' Arles, 34.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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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

Arenes de Nimes

From the series “Ancient amphitheaters and arenas, that are still operational”
The exact history of the construction of the amphitheatre is unknown. According to one of the versions, the theater was built in the 1st century AD, during the reign of Emperor Domitianus. Scientists have found that a great gladiatorial school was located in Nimes in ancient times. Exciting battles took place on the huge arena regularly. A confirmation of their theory are numerous inscriptions on the walls of the arena, among which you can see names of gladiators, and results of the battles. … Read further

Amphitheater in Arles

From the series “Ancient amphitheaters and arenas, that are still operational”
Like many other ancient theaters, from the 6th century the amphitheater in Arles has been used as a fortress. It was here that local residents sheltered from the barbarians. In the shortest possible time the ancient theater was completely converted into a fortification structure. Inside, more than 200 buildings for various purposes were erected, including residential buildings, as well as two churches. At the end of the 18th century, city authorities decided to begin reconstruction of the amphitheater. At this time people still lived in its walls. … 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! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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