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Palais des Papes

Address: Place du Palais, 84000 Avignon, France
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Ranked #3 of 30 Attractions in Avignon
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

The 14th Century Palais des Papes is a remarkable structure of ramparts, cavernous rooms and narrow stairways. One can spend hours exploring its structures and absorbing its atmosphere and its history. Not to be missed. Make sure you get an audio guide. And do visit the shop.

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Ardsley on Hudson, NY
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229 reviews 229 reviews
70 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

not much to see there, we wer fortunate that we saw the Great Light show there "illuminations de Avignon" or something to that effect at night but that is, as I understand it, only a seasonal thing- If thwey have it when you're there- do it.

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Toronto, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

It is probably not a surprise that going first thing on a cold January morning, we would have the run of the place. We paid for the palace and bridge family combo. A pretty good deal since it was only 2 euros more. My wife got the audio guide for 2 euros, and we set off exploring all through the... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
35 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Due to the historical significance, it's worth a visit. The entrance fee is high considering there is not much inside. The building and the few displays are impressive, I was just expecting more. Go with the right level of expectations and spend time in the gardens around the area, which are very nice and scenic.

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Itatiba - SP
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

it's one of the most famous thing to do in Avignon, great view of the city from the top, very windy during winter, but less people.

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Canberra, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

What an amazing place. The sheer size and grandeur of the palace makes it a must for any visit to Avignon. An audio guide is an essential element and makes the visit all that more interesting. Sharing a guide saves money and is fine if you visit during a quiet period which we did. The views from the top tower... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The tour of the palace was good but the real show stopper was the "Les Luminessences" that we saw one evening. So glad we took in the show. Definitely worthwhile! It was advertised as a monumental spectacle and it was!

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Lodz, Poland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It is just a 15 minutes away from a highway so don't loose opportunity to visit it . Huge complex of buildings on the bank of the Rhone river where popes used to live . Made of white stones both worth to stay 1 hour or whole day . Beautifull place for wal in any time of the year. Don't... More 

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France
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I visited the Palais des Papes in November 2014. Avignon is very quiet and romantic in these days. No Festival, great! I visited the palace for the first time and actually was disappointed. It is a complex building with nothing but empty bare rooms. The audio guides are great and explain well the history of the buildings: many popes added... More 

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Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The palace is massive and rich in history. The rain didn't deter visitors like me to wander from one place to another! You will spend hours admiring frescoes, relating the narrated stories to rooms etc. It's worthwhile to buy a ticket to visit both Popes Palace and Saint Benezet bridge. The view from bridge is breath-taking!

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