Palace of the Popes in Avignon

The city of Avignon in the South of France is the ideal place to stay for an escapade throughout Provence. Avignon is home to outstanding historical and cultural heritage. A city of art, Avignon was the capital of Christianity in the 14th century, when the Popes lived here.

There remains a superb legacy of chapels, churches, ramparts and of course the Palace of the Popes, magnificent Gothic monument which was the papal residence. The Avignon Bridge has been made famous worldwide by the beloved song. Both monuments are Unesco heritage. We invite you to experience the destination through the perspectives of two Canadian artists!

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Le Palais des Papes, à travers les yeux de Tyler

Avignon Tyler

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

“The condense city of Avignon only permits its residents and delivery vehicles to drive within the border walls of the city. During your visit, you will have to park your car outside the walls. Space in-between most of the buildings would be too narrow to fit cars anyway, only scooters or bicycles can pass through in this little village. it was one of the many reasons why this city was my favorite in all of France.

It amazes me how this city has remained unchanged for so many years and has not lost the battle to our car-centric obsession. I spent time imagining what it would have been like 400 years ago, with people and horses roaming the streets.
I would love to come back in July during the Festival d’Avignon (External link) and experience the energy of the city as well as see several plays in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes.

This drawing is along the backside of the Palais des Papes, from the gardens near the castle. I just can’t get over how beautiful this place is!”

Palace of the Popes through Drowster's eyes

Avignon Olivier

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

I had no idea that the popes had settled in France for 68 years before returning to Rome where they still live today. It was really fascinating to discover this part of the Christian history while exploring the majestic city.

For a small town of 92,000 inhabitants, Avignon has so much to offer: the Palace of the Popes, Avignon Bridge, the fortifications and the surrounding vineyards (Châteauneuf du Pape). In addition, because of its medieval history, the city is infinitely cute with its small public spaces here and there!