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“Beautiful palace.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes)

Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes)
6, rue Pente Rapide, 84000 Avignon, France
049027500
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Ranked #2 of 28 Attractions in Avignon
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Owner description: The residence of the soveriegn pontiffs in the 14th century is the largest Gothic Palace in the world. 25 areas to visit : ceremonila halls, chapels, cloister, the Pope's provate apartments with their priceless frescos, as well as a scenographic area, the Musée de l'Oeuvre, wich presents the development and history of the building since it was build. Ranked as UNESCO world heritage.
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“Beautiful palace.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

A huge palace with so many rooms and passages. The history of why and how the Popes ended up here is very interesting. The square outside is great for taking a break, eating a snack and people watching.

Visited December 2012
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“I found the Palace a bit boring”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

You'd think such a majestic large palace would be easy to find but it isn't. If you're driving, you need a GPS or a good map to locate this place as Avignon is a large city. We rented a car and were given directions on where to park; which was a bonus. Do your homework and have good instructions and parking directions before you go.. This is a large, mostly empty palace; and while we were there, parts of it were under construction. It takes a good couple of hours to go through the entire palace. I found some of it interesting but after awhile, I was bored. It's easy to get from room to room by following the numbered signs and I would definitely rent the audioguide. I enjoyed seeing the St-Bénezet bridge (Avignon Bridge) more and the Rhone River. Perhaps a personally guided tour would make it more interesting.

Visited May 2013
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“wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Traveling in France I have been surprised by how friendly people are, and how most of the audioguides are in English. Would definitely recommend the audioguide, at €2 extra it really helped to understand more of the rooms (which are quite sparse). At times the numbering is slightly confusing, but just follow them and eventually it makes sense. A must for people staying in avignon.

Visited November 2013
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“Imposing but let you wanting more”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

An enormous imposing fortress complex that clearly displaying the temporal might of the Papacy. The rooms are cavernous and cold. It is not a warm and welcoming place. You do not get the sense of a spiritual epic center, but of a warring feudal lord's castle. The walls are bare and most rooms devoid of period furnishings. There was an exhibition of female artists on recognition of the "female" Popes. Some interesting works that you could make the connection, but others were just disturbing; melting bodies hanging from poles or horse harnesses hanging from walls wrapped in pseudo-flesh. They did fill some large empty halls.

Visited October 2013
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“Very old. Very big”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We had a great time with the audio tour in the Pope's Palace. Yes, there aren't lavish furnishings at every turn but the grandeur of the place more than makes up for it. It was informative and the sheer scale of the interior is just so impressive. Try to make it up to the outdoor viewing area for sunset (in early november 5:20 PM) it was stunning.

Visited November 2013
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