Things to do in Avignon

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Avignon Attractions

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1. Palais des Papes

The monumental Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) served as a fortress, residence, administrative center and place of worship. Heavily fortified with its turrets, high towers and thick walls, the palace was the headquarters of the Catholic Church during the 14th century when Rome was torn by political infighting. Today the palace is one of the most visited monuments in France and is the much-loved cultural center of modern day Avignon.
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Built to house and protect France’s 14th-century popes, one of Europe’s largest Gothic palaces dominates Avignon’s skyline and cultural life.

2. Avignon 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.
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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.

3. Parc des Expositions

Parc des Expositions is a state-of-the-art exhibition and convention center on the outskirts of Avignon. It hosts many large-scale events, including music concerts, sporting matches and hobbyist exhibitions such as car and motorbike shows. Come here to search for bargains at antique fairs, watch sporting teams play or admire works by local or international artists in an exhibition. Attend a trade fair to see what’s new in anything from motor sports to health food.
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Attend a concert, sporting event, art exhibition or even a circis at this stunning center just outside Avignon.

4. Pont Saint-Bénézet

Pont Saint Bénézet or Pont d’Avignon as it is more commonly known, was immortalized in the nursery rhyme Sur le Pont d'Avignon (On the Bridge of Avignon). The ancient stone bridge is a condensed version of its former self. When the 12th-century structure was built it was 2, 952-feet (900-meters) long and spanned the Rhône River. Today it stops abruptly before reaching the other side, but still forms an important link back to Avignon’s early times.
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One of Avignon’s most iconic landmarks is a bridge that literally goes nowhere, yet continues to draw travelers from all over the globe.

5. Rue de la Republique

You can learn about the history of Avignon with a stop at Rue de la Republique. Discover the festivals and cathedral in this walkable area.
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You can learn about the history of Avignon with a stop at Rue de la Republique. Discover the festivals and cathedral in this walkable area.

What to do in Avignon

Free Things to Do in Avignon

Vacationing on a budget in Avignon? Spend time, not money, on great experiences.

Musee Lapidaire - Roam around and marvel at the intriguing displays and well-curated collections at this respected museum.

Avignon City Hall - If you're planning to explore the area's history through its landmarks, include this one on your sightseeing list.

Place de l'Horloge - Amble along the sidewalks and lose yourself in the charm and character of this popular local haunt.

Eglise Saint Pierre - Toss some spirituality into your travels by stopping by this sacred site.

Epicurium - If you take pleasure in working in your garden, this place will appeal to your inner green thumb.

Things to Do in Avignon with Kids

Avignon is a fantastic destination for a family getaway. Take the little ones along and enjoy these top family friendly experiences together:


 

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