June 26, 2008

Provencal 2 - Avignon

Another UNESCO site is the historic centre of the city of Avignon. This fortified city is marked by papal history. Going through any of the seven doors of the superbly preserved walls one discovers the city of the Popes. The city is well known for its Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), where several popes and antipopes lived from the early 14th to early 15th centuries.

the fortified wall:

looking up at the palace:

looking from the rooftop to the square below:

one of the few things actually in the palace - 800 year old vellum and calligraphy!

Nearby are the museums the Petit Palais and Palais du Roure, not too far away stands the famous Pont d'Avignon (of school-age French classes and the song Sur Le Pont, d'Avignon... if you know it, the tune immediately comes into your head!)

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