Strolling Through Avignon Pappal City & Famous Pont

Avignon, France, Palais Des Papes

Perhaps one of the most historical places in South France, Avignon was well known to be the residence of seven successive popes. The “Keys” symbol (though changed) is everywhere here.

The city of Avignon is well known for the castle of Avignon, named Palais Des Papes (in english: Palace of Popes). Avignon is also a Unesco World Heritage site (specifically the historical centre of Avignon).

It was quite a drive from Nice (where our base was) but the time spent there left us with beautiful memories, while reading for the history behind this place.

The castle of Avignon

Enjoy the photos from the castle and the square. The castle is enormous but not with lots of artifacts to see. Mostly big and empty rooms, though the ceilings are of some interest since they have the seals of different popes that stayed there.

Avignon, France, Palais Des Papes
Aspect of the square. Many cafe’s and ice cream shops
Avignon, France, Palais Des Papes
At the roof of the castle

This little train can take you everywhere in the historical area but we preferred to walk through all.

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Avignon, France, Palais Des Papes

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This room below was one of the oldest ones of the castle. In each corner a marble made chest existed and it was part of the many crypts were treasures were kept. To go there you passed first from the actual Treasury, which was also a very huge (empty though) room.

Avignon, France, Palais Des Papes

Here is the church of Saint-Pierre. The doors are made by solid walnut and are 4 metres high. The pier that separates the two doors has a sculpted canopy under which stands a lovely virgin with a child. This creation is attributed to Jean Péru.

Avignon, France, Palais Des Papes
Church of Saint-Pierre
Avignon, France, City Theater
The Opera building of Avignon

Walking inside the city is characterized by quietness and admiration of the architecture. A few souvenir shops exist here and there, with a preference at selling lavender.

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For sure you have heard the famous song “Sur le Pont d’ Avignon”… One cannot visit this city and not to pay a visit to that bridge, humming the well known merry song:

Sur le Pont d’Avignon
On y danse, On y danse
Sur le Pont d’Avignon
On y danse tous en rond

Translation:
On the bridge of Avignon
We all dance there, we all dance there
On the bridge of Avignon
We all dance there in a ring

The actual song is larger than this verse and you can read all about it here, but if you did a bit of French in school then perhaps you remember that part only.

Avignon, France, Pont D' Avignon
Entrance to the bridge
Avignon, France, Pont D' Avignon
View to another tower. Through that one a stair leads to the top of the tower and then to the plateau at the right
Avignon, France, Pont D' Avignon
Aspect of Palis Des Papes from the bridge
Avignon, France, Pont D' Avignon
There is a chapel under the bridge. The Chapelle Saint Benezet
Avignon, France, Pont D' Avignon
A stair leads to the chapel under the bridge (small building at the side)
Avignon, France, Pont D' Avignon
Saint Benezet Chapelle
Avignon, France, Pont D' Avignon
Enjoying both the view and the sun
Avignon, France, Pont D' Avignon
A better view of the Pont D’ Avignon from the plateau.

We had to rest at some point, before driving back. We enjoyed a simple pizza and a salad, along with the sun (yet along with some cool breeze).

Avignon, France

Four hours later we were back to our base, Nice. Our day trip to Avignon ended. We really liked learning about the history of this place, as it played an important role in the overall history of France.

Don’t forget to read about Eze too and stand by for more South France cities. Apart from Avignon we also went to Cannes, Saint Paul and Saint Tropez too.

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