400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210 VERS-PONT-DU-GARD
Classified on the list of the World heritage by Unesco, the Popes' Palace is a part of 10 monuments the most visited by France. Real symbol of the brilliance of the Christendom of West in the XIVth century, this monument is the biggest fortress of the Middle Ages and the biggest Gothic palace of Europe. Situated in the center of Avignon ( 84 ) and unless 20 minutes of Flory' sun, you will be eager to make a visit plunging you in the inmost depths of the splendors of the papal court. The good hour is necessary to discover more than 25 rooms opened to the Public: the rooms of splendor, the courtrooms, the consistory, the chapels in the magnificent frescoes of famous Giovannetti and the apartments deprived of the Pope.
From in the middle of August and till the beginning of October, the Popes' Palace welcomes The Luminescences, a show of monumental video, which make live an outstanding sensory experience in this inescapable monument of Vaucluse.
Nowadays, the Popes' Palace of Avignon is no more Popes or still of the Church as it was the case in the past. Indeed, the city of Avignon and its Palace were a papal property from 1229 till 1791.
It is the city of Avignon today that is the main owner of the Palace.
The department of Vaucluse shares with the city of Avignon the property of the Palace.
Today the property of the Palace returns officially to the city of Avignon. On the other hand, the northern part of the monument belongs for its part to the department of Vaucluse. Avignon Tourisme manages for the city, all the services and the services, assures the works of interview and maintenance and finally reverse the city a part of recipes on entrances.
The city and Avignon Tourisme develop at present and jointly a program of development centred on 2 main points:
The palace of the popes also accommodates, nowadays an International Center of the Congresses which was created in 1976 in the monumental frame(executive) of the palace of the popes and, to date, welcomes a large number of demonstrations(appearances).