Historical sites and exhibitions in Provence

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.

Avignon in Provence

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 old bridge, le Pont d’Avignon, has been made famous worldwide by the beloved song. Both monuments are Unesco heritage.

10 museums offer a wide range of art collections and 5 of them (the city museums) are free of charge all year long. The Avignon summer theater festival is world-renowned, showcasing contemporary creations in theater and dance, seen here for the first time.

Avignon is also a beacon of Provençal gastronomy and capital of the Côtes du Rhône wines. Architecture, culture, and gastronomy, visiting Avignon means discovering the lifestyle of Provence.

Palace of the Popes

Nine popes reigned from Avignon. The Palace of the Popes, powerful testimony to their presence, is the symbol of the might of the Christian world and reflects power the papacy wielded in the Middle-Ages.

Twenty-five rooms in the palace are open to visitors: the great formal rooms which held banquets and ceremonies, the Treasury, the private chapels and apartments which hold priceless frescoes. Chronicles from the time described it as “the most beautiful and strongest house in the world” (Froissart).

Using 3-D technologies and augmented reality, you can open a door into the past whenever you want. Visitors can now get involved in the action with the interactive Histopad tablet that brings them spectacular historical. The Histopad treasure hunt for children.

Every year in July, the Popes’ Palace welcomes theatre plays for the Festival d’Avignon in the main courtyard and a monumental 360°c show from mid-August to mid-October: Vibrations.

Every 2 years, during Ascension weekend, The Palace hosts a rose festival Alterarosa happening on May 21st to 24th 2020.

Exhibition Ernest Pignon-Ernest Ecce Homo / Interventions 1966-2019

Until February 29th 2020, this exhibition, entitled Ecce Homo, retraces Ernest Pignon-Ernest (External link) ’s career and conveys his artistic, intellectual and political approach for the past 60 years. Nearly 400 works - photographs, collages, charcoal and black stone drawings, documents - all evoke his interventions from 1966 to the present. Ernest Pignon-Ernest is considered to be the initiator of Street art due in part to his large-format images done with black stone, charcoal, and collages that he has made in the streets and on walls in cities.

Exhibition Yan Pei Ming - Games Of Power

An essential figure in contemporary painting, famous for his portraits of Mao Zedong, Bruce Lee and Barack Obama, for his interpretations of some of the greatest masterpieces in art: Mona Lisa, le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, or of great events in contemporary history, Yan Pei Ming has unceasingly faced art history and the Institutions. In 2020, echoing the history of the Papal city of Avignon, his work will be displayed in the Grande Chapelle in the famous Gothic palace, in a series of monumental works involving the popes, specially created for this event. In resonance with the force of the images of these fascinating persons, he will also be showing at the Collection Lambert, in a series of works involving the most influential individuals of current history. From June 15, 2020, to January 31, 2021.
https://avignon-tourisme.com/en/events/yan-pei-ming-games-of-power/ (External link)

Saint Benezet Bridge

The Bridge was originally 920 meters long and had 22 arches. It was damaged several times and rebuilt after Climate change in the Middle Ages, caused many changes to the Rhone River. Reconstruction works ended in the 17th century. Today, only 4 arches and 2 chapels still exist. Walking on the bridge offers a great panoramic view, and the visitors can now also discover the original 3D reconstruction on pads or through a film.

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