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Avignon Cathedral

Celebrate mass in this resting place of 14th-century popes, or simply visit to enjoy the spiritual and artistic treasures within this beautiful Romanesque cathedral.

Built over the foundations of a 4th-century Catholic basilica, Avignon Cathedral rose in the 12th-century, but was soon overshadowed by the extravagant Palais des Papes which grew up beside it. Not to be outdone, additions were undertaken over the centuries including the 14th-century cupola, 17th-century choir and the 19th-century gilded statue of Mary. Today, the still-working cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Avignon and the fascinating resting place of French popes. 

Devote at least an hour to exploring the nave, side chapels, statues and tombs. At the rear of the cathedral, see the 12th-century throne used by the Avignon popes. The white marble seat is decorated with animal carvings that represent saints. The impressive stone altar dates from around the same period and was used by France’s popes to celebrate Mass. 

Check out the collection of religious objects and relics at the chapel devoted to Pope John XXII. See artistic treasures like the 15th-century fresco Baptism of Jesus Christ close to the entrance. Study the stone reliefs and flamboyant decorations of the various tombs. Gaze at the cathedral’s two organs and stare up at the octagonal dome as its windows catch and reflect the sunlight.

The church is also known as the Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d'Avignon (Our Lady of the Doms) and features three statues that honor the Virgin Mary. The first one is easy to spot. It’s the 19.8-feet (6-meter) high gilded statue that stands atop the tower. Lookout for the other two sculptures in the second and third chapels to the right of the nave.

Situated next door to the Palais des Papes within the ramparts of the old city, the cathedral is easily accessible by foot. Avignon Cathedral is open every day and welcomes visiting worshipers and sightseers alike. However, interior restoration work on the nave, choir, grandstand and entrance may affect opening times until 2015, so visit the cathedral’s official website for details and updates. 


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Hotel de I'Horloge $105
Hotel de I'Horloge

Hotel de I'Horloge

1 Rue Felicien David, Place De I Horloge, Avignon, Vaucluse
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Avignon City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rue de la Republique and Palais des Papes. Place de l'Horloge and Avignon City Hall are also within 5 minutes. Avignon Central Station is 10 minutes by foot and Villeneuve-les-Avignon Station is 21 minutes.

    Regina Hotel $75
    Regina Hotel

    Regina Hotel

    6 Rue De La Republique, Avignon, Vaucluse
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Avignon City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue de la Republique and Palais des Papes. Place de l'Horloge and Avignon City Hall are also within 5 minutes. Avignon Central Station is 9 minutes by foot and Villeneuve-les-Avignon Station is 21 minutes.

      ibis Avignon Centre Gare $55
      ibis Avignon Centre Gare

      ibis Avignon Centre Gare

      42 Boulevard Saint Roch, Avignon, Vaucluse
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Avignon, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Collection Lambert and Place de l'Horloge. Palais des Papes and Musee du Petit Palais are also within 1 mi (2 km). Avignon Central Station is only a 2-minute walk.

        ibis Avignon Centre Pont de l'Europe $68
        ibis Avignon Centre Pont de l'Europe

        ibis Avignon Centre Pont de l'Europe

        12 Boulevard Saint Dominique, Avignon, Vaucluse
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Avignon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Place de l'Horloge, Palais des Papes, and Avignon Cathedral. Parc des Expositions and Frigolet Abbey are also within 12 mi (20 km). Avignon Central Station is 7 minutes by foot and Villeneuve-les-Avignon Station is 26 minutes.

          Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes $90
          Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes

          Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes

          1 Rue Jean Vilar, Avignon, Vaucluse
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Avignon City Centre, this hotel is steps from Place de l'Horloge and Avignon Cathedral. Palais des Papes and Musee du Petit Palais are also within 5 minutes. Avignon Central Station is 11 minutes by foot and Villeneuve-les-Avignon Station is 20 minutes.

            Kyriad Avignon Palais Des Papes $59
            Kyriad Avignon Palais Des Papes

            Kyriad Avignon Palais Des Papes

            26 Place de l'Horloge, Avignon, Vaucluse
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Avignon City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rue de la Republique and Palais des Papes. Avignon City Hall and Place de l'Horloge are also within 5 minutes. Avignon Central Station is 11 minutes by foot and Villeneuve-les-Avignon Station is 20 minutes.

              Hotel d'Europe $276
              Hotel d'Europe

              Hotel d'Europe

              12 Place Crillon, Avignon, Vaucluse
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Avignon hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Rue de la Republique and Palais des Papes. Musee Juif Comtadin and Musee Calvet are also within 5 minutes. Avignon Central Station is 13 minutes by foot and Villeneuve-les-Avignon Station is 16 minutes.

                Les Clefs d Avignon Centre Place Crillon $32
                Les Clefs d Avignon Centre Place Crillon

                Les Clefs d Avignon Centre Place Crillon

                11 rue du Limas, Avignon
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Avignon City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Rue de la Republique and Palais des Papes. Avignon City Hall and Place de l'Horloge are also within 5 minutes. Avignon Central Station is 14 minutes by foot and Villeneuve-les-Avignon Station is 17 minutes.