AVIGNON, CITY OF THE POPES
Cultural, Shopping, Lunch not included
A unique opportunity to discover Avignon, called the City of the Popes and classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site: a dive into the history of the Church and the Papacy, to retrace the pomp and events surrounding seven Popes who conferred greatness and prosperity on Avignon.
What we will see
- City of Avignon with visit to the Palace of the Popes
What we will do
- We will depart the port of Toulon by coach and arrive in Avignon after a journey of around two hours. The city of Avignon is famous for being the seat of the Papacy from 1309 to 1377 (a period known in the history of the Catholic church as the Avignon captivity): Pope Clement V moved there from Rome with all of his court; from this time up until almost the end of the 14th century seven popes reigned there, assuring Avignon a period of greatness and prosperity.
- We will visit the Palace of the Popes, a historical French monument since 1840 and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. The building is both a palace and a fortress and is one of the most extraordinary examples of Gothic architecture of the 14th century. It was built in two phases, by two popes: to the north, the Palais Vieux, more austere, was built during the reign of Benedict XII; to the south, the Palais Neuf, was built by his successor, Clement VI. Inside, the complex of now empty galleries, chambers and chapels gives an impression of austerity, while the frescoes and handwoven tapestries in the bedrooms and the Pope's study suggest the pomp and splendour of that time.
- Before rejoining the ship, we will have some free time for a walk through the streets of the centre or to do a bit of shopping.
What you need to know
- The duration from the port to Avignone is approximately 1h30minutes.