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Colors of Avignon - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Avignon - Palais de Monnaie Local residents combine all national French traits of character, such as a sense of superiority, the variability of mood, or constant craving for something new and unknown. They feel extremely uncomfortable at home, so even after a hard working day they are likely to go to one of the local restaurants or to a theater. Sitting at home is not very common there. The desire of local residents to be seen by others all the time, craving for making new acquaintances and fascinating others with their unique charm appeared many centuries ago. During a year Avignon becomes the location of numerous national holidays, during which both townspeople and visitors can relax and enjoy communication with each other.
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
Every year Avignon hosts a grand celebration, which attracts fans of theater from all over the world. This is the famous International Theater Festival held in July. During one month numerous music bands, theater groups and dancers from around the world come to Avignon. The city simply turns into a huge theater area, where performances take place day and night. It should be noted that the festival attracts not only professional theater actors and musicians, but also those people, for whom theater is only a hobby. In addition to high class performances visitors of the festival can see the plays made by "beginners". During the time of the festival the scenes of local theatres are made in different organizations. Even the local churches and monasteries open venues for theatrical performances, but the main stage is traditionally located near the Papal Palace.
For the first time the festival was held in 1971. In order to honor the holiday special wooden scaffolding was installed on the territory of Papal Palace. This “stage” was used for all large performances. Each year the festival became more and more popular and it attracted more people, so all new squares and cozy courtyards were steadily converted into stages. The famous Avignon Festival remains a cherished dream of all theater-goers and fans of this exquisite art for over forty years. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Avignon
♥   Basilique Saint-Pierre Avignon, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms Avignon, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   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
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Avignon
♥   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
♥   Castle 'Château de Baux' Bouches-du-Rhône, 22.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Mornas' Vaucluse, 29.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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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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Traditions and festivals in cities around Avignon

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Avignon. Learn the best periods to visit Avignon to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Avignon.
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