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“A beautiful and amazing Gothic Palace”

Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes)
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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“A beautiful and amazing Gothic Palace”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

I had the opportunity as part of a tour group and we received a full tour. I highly recommend a tour. The architecture and the location are like a trip back seven hundred years. Beautifully maintained and a wonder to behold. As mentioned in previous reviews most of the decorations and the furniture has been removed and this would added greatly to understanding and interpreting the life of the time. That said it is still worth the viewing and the time. There are a lot of stairs and those with trouble walking beware. It is a large palace and it takes at least two hours to walk through. We were there in March and it was not crowded but I have been warned that in spring and summer the crowds can make the tour very difficult. Make sure you also wave time for the area around the palace - while quite commercial it maintains a medieval spirit and the shops and restaurants are great. One thing I have notice too that so many people come to see the palace and bridge they fail fail to realize there is so much more to Avignon. Make a day of it at least!

Visited March 2013
Thank Dean S
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Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

We stopped through Avignon with work in March and went back again in October. The walls of the city, the bridge and the Palace are beautiful. Be sure to take a walk at night to see everything lite up as well.

Visited October 2013
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Geelong Victoria
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“Les PAPESSES Collection spoilt the visit”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

A grand old disused Popes Palace with plenty of history to satisfy most visitors. I felt the current art "display" was not appropriate for the venue. Five legged carcass hanging from the ceiling, a pile of mattresses and a giant spider in my opinion need to be displayed somewhere other than an ex place of worship.
I also felt there needs to be more emphasis on setting up at least two rooms "the way they were" centuries ago with all the appropriate furniture and accessories of the day.

Visited October 2013
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Oregon City, Oregon
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“A place worth visiting”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

I was lucky to have a trip to there, when I was in France for a conference. This place is something I will remember ever. The old palace, the Pope's residence, meeting room, highrise kitchen chimney, the big "bell", and other religious antics will make you amazed. Make sure to have a guide, who will explain the history. The Avignon river is a serene place where tourists from all over the world come to visit. To me, it was worth the money to visit the place instead of going to crowded Eiffel Tower!

Visited June 2013
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Germantown, Maryland
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“Okay to visit”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

I agree with Rick Steves. The palace is immense with lots of stairs, but is unfurnished. The tour did not add to my trip.

Visited October 2013
Thank Pam M
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