Avignon, city of the popes
Located in the Vaucluse (84), at the confluence of the Rhone and Durance, is Avignon, nicknamed the „city of the popes“ because of the presence of the popes from 1309 to 1423, it is currently the largest city of the prefecture . It is one of the rare French cities to have preserved its ramparts and its historical center, the palace of the popes, the episcopal ensemble and the bridge Saint-Bénézet (the bridge of Avignon) are registered with the world inheritance by UNESCO.
Founded by the Phocians of Marseille around 539 BC, it became a Roman colony around 121 BC
The famous Pont d’Avignon was begun in 1177 and finished in 1185, with 920 meters long, 4 meters wide and 22 arches. It was the only bridge to cross the Rhone between Lyon and the sea.
The Pope’s palace, it was built from 1335, it will become the largest Gothic building in Europe, a must to visit.
And Avignon is also known for its famous „Festival d’Avignon“, which makes it a living show capital since 1947! Dance shows, theater and music enliven all the streets of the city. More than 120,000 spectators come each year to admire well-known shows and comedians from all over France and around the world.