Palais des Papes, Avignon

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Palais des Papes is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe, with 15,000 sq m (50,000 sq ft) of floor space. This was the residence of the sovereign pontiffs in the 14th century, and is today one of UNESCO's world heritage sites. Visit the chapels, cloister, ceremonial halls, and the Pope's private apartments, decorated with priceless frescoes. The Musée de l'Oeuvre within the palace describes the development and history of the building. To visit Palais des Papes on your holiday in Avignon, and find out what else Avignon has to offer, use our Avignon.
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  • Our guide did a great job of explaining the Popes and life at the palace. Very glad we had a guide. I think we got a lot more out of the visit. 
    Our guide did a great job of explaining the Popes and life at the palace. Very glad we had a guide. I think we got a lot more out of the visit.  more »
  • Visited the Palace with a tour group in November. We had a private local guide that escorted us through the Palace giving us a detailed description of the events leading up to the building of the... 
    Visited the Palace with a tour group in November. We had a private local guide that escorted us through the Palace giving us a detailed description of the events leading up to the building of the...  more »
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  • Amazing castle with very interesting history guide. Chinese is available in the guide. There are incredible wall paintings in the castle where you can’t take photos in those rooms. It’s definitely worth the ticket price and the visit. The 3D castle magnet is very pretty and I couldn’t find the same magnet design elsewhere apart from in the castle souvenir shop. Unfortunately it seems impossible to visit the souvenir shop again once you are out of the gate.
  • We purchased a package that included the Palisade des Papes, the garden, and the bridge where we visited the first two on one day and the bridge the next. They provided a very interesting tablet that allows you to view many of the rooms you visit as they likely looked back in time. Many of the rooms were quite sparse and there are a number of stairs so those with issues with them might have issues. The garden section was small and not very interesting due to the lack of well kept plants and flowers. During our visit there was a photographic exhibition on the Amazon which was interesting but was very warm with all the lights even though it was October due to the very little cooling which consisted of a couple of fans.

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