Palais des Papes

Palais des Papes

France

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Perched atop the Rocher des Doms overlooking the city of Avignon and the Rhône river, the Palais des Papes (or Popes' Palace) is surrounded by the Ramparts, the Petit Palais, the Notre Dame des Doms Cathedral and the famous Saint-Bénézet bridge, best known as the Pont d’Avignon.

A major landmark of the 14th century western Christian history, its construction started in 1335 and took less than 20 years to complete, under leadership of two builder popes, Benedict the 12th and his successor Clement the 6th. Flanked by its four stout towers, the palace boasts 15,000 square meters of floor space – that’s four Gothic cathedrals! – making it the biggest Gothic palace in Europe.

Explore the palace’s 20 rooms rich with history such as the papal private chambers and the frescoes by trecento pre-renaissance era Italian painter Matteo Giovanetti.

The Palais des Papes also hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year. In July, the Honor Courtyard of the Palace hosts performances of the iconic Avignon Theater Festival created by Jean Vilar in 1947.

Having welcomed over 600,000 visitors, it is one of the most visited monuments in France - with good reason, as the entire architectural group making up the historical center of Avignon is ranked on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

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Combined entrance tickets for Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon
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Combined entrance tickets for Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon

Book this combo offer including skip-the-line tickets to visit UNESCO ranked historic locations in beautiful Avignon including its world-famous bridge, the Palais des Papes and its gardens.

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Provence discovery day tour from Aix en Provence
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Provence discovery day tour from Aix en Provence

Book your full day tour in the South of France and admire Pont du Gard, Les Baux de Provence and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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Full day tour of Avignon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Les Baux de Provence
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Full day tour of Avignon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Les Baux de Provence

Get the most of Provence with this full day excursion from Marseille to Les Baux-de-Provence, Pont du Gard, Chateauneuf du Pape and Avignon.

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The best of Avignon private tour
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The best of Avignon private tour

Discover the best places in and around Avignon on this private tour. Taste some of the best wines of the region in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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Palais des Papes

Palais des Papes

Avignon

France

Reviews Palais des Papes

KARINE, Nov 19, 2021

“Ce n'était pas ma première visite au Palais des Papes, mais l'impression de grandeur est toujours présente. Visite interactive très bien faite qui nous permet de voyager dans le temps !!”

Christelle, Nov 16, 2021

“Bon moment .Réservation assez simple”

Chiara, Nov 14, 2021
Valérie, Nov 14, 2021
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