palais des papes, Avignon, the palace of the popes
Palais des papes

Where is Palais des Papes-Palace of the Popes?

Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) is a medieval gothic palace located in Avignon province in Aix-de-Provence region of France. Since 1995, it has been listed as Unesco’s World Heritage Site. Avignon and Palais des Papes have an important place because it is the place where the Pope, spiritual leader of the catholic world, dwelled for a while in 14th century.

The history of the Palace of the Popes in Avignon

Palais des Papes was built by Philippe IV, the king of France, in Avignon, for the Pope who lived in Vatican in that period. The Pope was persuaded by the king him to dwell in Avignon. Thus, Philippe IV aimed to reinforce his power by receiving support of the papacy. The palace was begun to build in 1335 and finished in 1364. Catholics in the world were were administered by the Palace of the Popes in Avignon between 1309 and 1378. But, during the papacy of Gregorius XI, Gregorius came back to Rome. Thereupon, a new pontiff was elected in Avignon. Thus, there were two different pontiffs both in Avignon and in Rome. It lasted until about 1420.

Sights near the Palace of the Popes

Place de I’Horloge and Notre Dame de Doms Cathedral are located around the Palace of the Popes. Notre Dame de Doms Cathedral is also a historical building from 12 th century and is one of worth-seeing places in Avignon. Besides, Saint Pierre Church is located near the palace. St. Benezet Bridge is also one of worth-seeing places.

There are many beautiful and worth-seeing places in Avignon, where the Palace of the Popes is located. You can arrive at the other sightseeings located around Gordes Lavender Fields, Verdon Canyon, Camargue Nature Park and Aix-en-Provence from Avignon.

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