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  • 1 Papal Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6 pl. du Palais-des-Papes F - 84000 Avignon

    This 15 000m Palais des Papes is made up of the Old Palace and the New Palace. The former, a fortress with austere architecture, was commissioned by Benoît XII in 1334. Artist and prodigy, Clément VI, grand prince of the Church, must have found it ra..

  • 2 Petit Palais Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    21 pl. du Palais des Papes F - 84000 Avignon

    The Pope bought Cardinal Arnaud de Via's palace in 1335 to install the bishop's house there. It now houses the Petit Palais Museum's paintings, of which the Campana Collection of Italian paintings from the 13C and 16C is the high point. Don't miss Th..

  • 3 Saint- Bénézet Bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6 r. de la Pente-Rapide Charles-Ansidei F - 84000 Avignon

    The «Bridge of Avignon» which was in fact built for pedestrians and cavaliers was about 900m long with 22 arches and ended at the Tower of Philippe-le-Bel de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. Situated on one of the bridge supports, the chapel of St-Nicholas ha..

  • 4 Rocher des Doms Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rocher des Doms F - 84000 Avignon

    A stone's throw from the Papal Palace. From the different levels you can take in views of the Rhône, St Bénézet Bridge, Philippe-le-Bel Tower and the fort of St André de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, Mt Ventoux, the Alpilles...

  • 5 Musée Calvet Interesting

    Museums and art

    65 r. Joseph-Vernet F - 84000 Avignon

    In addition to Arles-born Joseph Vernet's great seascapes, this museum founded by Dr Esprit Calvet houses numerous sculptures, fine goldwork and earthenware (Puech Donation), French, Flemish and Italian paintings from the 16C-19C ( The Death of Barra..

  • 6 Angladon-Dubrugeaud foundation Interesting

    Museums and art

    5 r. Laboureur F - 84000 Avignon

    A collection donated to a couple of Avignon painters by the Paris dress designer, Jacques Doucet: paintings by Cézanne, Sisley, Manet, Derain, Picasso, Modigliani ( The Pink Blouse) and Foujita, and The Railway Waggons, painted by Vincent Van Gogh du..

  • 7 Musée Louis Vouland Interesting

    Museums and art

    17 r. Victor-Hugo F - 84000 Avignon

    Highlights include the dresser by Migeon, an inlaid trictrac table, and a travel service bearing the arms of the Countess Du Barry. A fine collection of earthenware (Moustiers and Marseille), tapestries (Aubusson, Gobelins), Chinese vases and plates,..

  • 8 Musée Lapidaire Interesting

    Museums and art

    29 r. de la République F - 84000 Avignon

    Behind the Baroque façade of the Chapelle des Jésuites lies a trove of treasures from the region's past. From the Noves "Tarasque" (a monster from Celtic tradition) to the Gallo-Roman period, superb statues: portraits of emperors or simple ..

  • 9 Hôtel des Monnaies

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Palais-des-Papes F - 84000 Avignon

    The façade of this palace depicts dragons and eagles, emblems of the Italian Borghese family. Located opposite the Papal Palace, it now houses the Conservatoire.

  • 10 Rue de la Balance

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Balance F - 84000 Avignon

    On one side of this street stand old mansions decorated with mullioned windows; on the other, modern buildings with a Mediterranean feel: flower-decked patios, arcades and luxury boutiques, a result of the rehabilitation of this former gypsy quarter.

  • 11 Place Crillon

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Crillon F - 84000 Avignon

    A lovely square - although not for everybody. Poor Maréchal Brune was assassinated here on 2 August 1815.

  • 12 Hôtel de Ville d'Avignon

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Horloge F - 84000 Avignon

    This 19C town hall was formerly a belfry in the 14C and 15C. It has a clock whose mechanised figures strike the hours.

  • 13 Church of Saint Agricol

    Religious buildings

    5 r. Mazan F - 84000 Avignon

    In addition to the white marble font, there are paintings by Nicolas Mignard and Pierre Parrocel and, in the right aisle, a stone reredos by Boachon, representing the Annunciation.

  • 14 Rue Jean Viala

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Jean-Viala F - 84000 Avignon

    Two 18C mansions stand opposite each other on the avenue: Hôtel de Forbin de Sainte-Croix (formerly Collège du Roure) and Hôtel Desmarez de Montdevergues. Today, the two buildings house some of the Vaucluse's administrative offices.

  • 15 Palais du Roure

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 r. du Collège-du-Roure F - 84000 Avignon

    Formerly the Provence home of the Florentine Baroncelli family, this is now the headquarters of the Flandreysy-Espérandieu Foundation, a centre for Provence studies.

  • 16 Hôtel de Sade

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    5 r. Dorée F - 84000 Avignon

    Graceful mullioned windows and a lovely turret staircase in the courtyard.

  • 17 Rue de la République

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la République F - 84000 Avignon

    Along with cours Jean Jaurès, which continues on from it, this street lined with cafés, restaurants, cinemas and department stores links the ramparts (opposite the train station) and the Place de l'Horloge.

  • 18 Couvent des Célestins

    Religious buildings

    r. Agricol-Perdiguier F - 84000 Avignon

    The convent is built in Nordic Gothic style. The church has a handsome chevet, and has recently been restored, as has the cloister, now one of the venues of the Avignon Festival.

  • 19 Former St Martial Abbey

    Religious buildings

    cours Jean-Jaurès F - 84000 Avignon

    These arcades are all that remain of the former Abbaye St Martial.

  • 20 Aumônerie Générale Chaplaincy

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue des Lices F - 84000 Avignon

    Dating from the 18C, today the chaplaincy is home to the Fine Arts School.

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