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41 Cours Jean Jaurès Avignon
84000

Tel:+33 (0) 432 74 32 74
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Home of a popular French children's song, home to one of Europe's most popular festivals, and home to Popes (and Antipopes) for some time, Avignon is a walled city sitting on the left bank of the Rhône.

The skyline of the city is dominated by the Palais des Papes, a huge structure built in the 14th century to house the pope and his court. In total a series of seven popes took residence here until Rome and Avignon settled their differences and then the papal seat went back to Rome. Most of the interior of this building is quite barren, but its inner courtyard comes to life during Avignon's Theatre Festival when many acts are staged here aswell as other open venues throughout the centre. This is the 'official' festival, but there's also a fringe festival that guarantees street performers to be found in every square.

The nursery song "Sur le pont d'Avignon" ("On the bridge of Avignon") describes folk dancing on the Saint Bénezet bridge which is to be found on the north side just outside the city walls. Originally it spanned all the way across the river and it's toll was a great source of income to the city but it was left to ruin in the mid-17th century and now only four arches remain.

Avignon's gourmand speciality is "papalines" which are chocolate truffles filled with a liqueur distilled from 60 herbs picked locally. They can be bought in pâtisseries, especially around Rue Joseph Vernet. For the wine lovers, the Châteauneuf du Pape region surely needs no introduction and is situated not far away to the north.

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Pont Saint Bénezet Location Map
RMG - 6, rue Pente Rapide, Charles Ansidei 84000
Avignon's famous half bridge
| Admission charge | Opening Times: 9h30-17h45 | Tel: +33 (0) 490 27 51 16

Musée Lapidaire Location Map
27 Rue de la République, Avignon
a museum of stone carving
| Admission charge | Opening Times: 10h-13h, 14h-18h | Tel: +33 (0) 490 85 75 38

Maison Jean Vilar Location Map
8 Rue de Mons, Avignon 84000
arts and exhibitions centre
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0) 490 86 59 64

Bureau du Festival Location Map
8 bis Rue de Mons, Avignon 84000
Avignon Theatre Festival bookings and information office
| Tel: +33 (0) 490 27 66 50

Palais des Papes Location Map
RMG - 6, rue Pente Rapide, Charles Ansidei 84000
a 14th century papal residence
| Admission charge | Opening Times: 9h30-17h45 | Tel: +33 (0) 490 27 50 00

Musée du Petit Palais Location Map
Palais des Archevêques, Place du Palais des Papes
a museum holding 13th-16th century Italian paintings
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:10h-13h,14h-18h;Oct-May:9h30-13h,14h-17h30 | Tel: +33 (0) 490 86 44 58

Musée Calvet Location Map
65 Rue Joseph Vernet, Avignon
exhibiting artifacts from prehistory to Roman times, and paintings from the 16th-20th century
| Admission charge | Opening Times: 10h-13h, 14h-18h | Tel: +33 (0) 490 86 33 84

Château La Nerthe Location Map
Route de Sorgues BP43, Châteauneuf du Pape Cedex 84232
a wine grower in the Châteauneuf du Pape region
| Tel: +33 (0) 490 83 70 11