Place du Palais 84000 AVIGNON
Classified on the list of the World heritage by Unesco, the Popes' Palace is a part of 10 monuments the most visited of 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.
Placed 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 open to the Public: the rooms of splendor, courtrooms, the consistory, chapels in the magnificent frescoes of famous Giovannetti and apartments deprived of the Pope.
From in the middle of August and till the beginning of October, the Popes' Palace of Avignon shines with 1000 fires with a new show named Vibrations, a dreamlike journey in sound and light, on the facades of the palace., which make live an outstanding sensory experience in this inescapable monument of Vaucluse.
Nowadays, the Palace of the popes 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, the set of the services and the services, assures the maintenance works and of 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:
· Improve the welcome of the visitor and enrich regularly the circuit of visit
· Liven up regularly the monument.
The palace of the popes also accommodates, nowadays an International Center of the Congresses which was created in 1976 in the monumental frame of the palace of the popes and, to date, welcome a large number of demonstrations.