Avignon is a major city of Provence in southeastern France. It is located on the banks of the Rhone River. Avignon is also known as the “City of Popes” because the Popes fled here in the 14th century during the Catholic Schism or Papal Schism. Today, Avignon still retains the old city wall, the palace, the stone bridge and many other historic sites. It was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
One of the main sights in Avignon is the Papal Palace or Palais des Papes. The Papal Palace is a typical Romanesque building and an impressive monument constructed from 1316 to 1370. Besides, Avignon is also known for its many medieval bridges around the city especially the Pont Saint-Bénezet or Pont d’Avignon which originally spanned across the Rhone River.
Historic Centre of Avignon
Avignon can be easily accessed from Marseille, which is approximately 85 kilometers away. Do visit Avignon during the summer to attend the famous Avignon Festival. This famous theatre festival was founded in 1947 and features traditional theatrical events such as dance, music and cinema.