A very impressive building!


The Palais des Papes is located in Avignon in the south France, and is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Both the Palais de Papes, and the historic center of Avignon have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.

The Palais is located on a rocky area in the northern part of Avignon, and overlooks the river Rhone. Popes were in residence there from 1309 until 1377. It is made up of four wings which are flanked by high towers, and was heavily fortified against attackers.

In later years, after it was no longer under papal control, it was used as a military barracks and prison. A lot of the building was destroyed and restored at various times over the years. It became a national museum in 1906 when it was vacated, and there has been almost constant restoration going on ever since.


A bird's eye view from the entrance


Checking out the courtyard from one of the watch towers


Looking out over the town and the river Rhone

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