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Top 10 places in Avignon
Our app features the history of 72 monuments and great sites including places to discover Avignon. Here is a selection of the top 10 monuments of the city, with an extract of the texts available in the application and written by our teams of specialists. For full content, download our Android and iPhone Guide and start creating your travel journal for your stay at Avignon
Dominating the plain of the Rhone with its 30m height, it is the first place of occupation of the City since the prehistoric times. In turn, the fortress was fortified by the Romans, then the castrum in the Early Middle Ages. The citadel protected the city, which gradually stretched out at its... Read more
The vertical garden of Les Halles is a creation of Patrick Blanc, botanist and researcher at the CNRS, inventor of a landless ecosystem. The wall is clad with a metal frame lined with a PVC plate on which are stretched layers of polyamide felt. On this support with a strong capacity of capillarity,... Read more
Today it is a metropolitan basilica, built according to tradition on the site of a 4th century Christian basilica. The current building of the 12th century, remodeled from the 15th to the 17th century, is however characteristic of Provencal Romanesque art with its bell tower in front and its... Read more
Church of the former Convent of the Carmelas until the Revolution, it receives in 1803 the title of the parish St-Symphorien, disappeared, located not far. The Grands Carmes were established in the 13th century outside the walls of Avignon: the church was rebuilt thanks to the Popes of John XXII... Read more
Cited as early as the 10th century, it was rebuilt under the papacy of Avignon by Cardinal Pierre des Prés, and erected as a collegiate church by Pope Innocent VI. Once completed, the building was restored at the end of the 15th century. In 1524, the facade flanked by turrets is completed,... Read more
Built in 1355 at the expense of the estate of Cardinal de Déaux (remains of the tomb in the choir), it was erected as a collegiate church by Pope Innocent VI. This church is very homogeneous and is the archetype of the Gothic style adapted to the region. Wall paintings of the Cardini chapel... Read more
Tradition attributes its foundation to Saint Agricol, bishop of Avignon, in the 7th century. The excavations practiced at the chevet (ancient and palaeo-Christian) confirm its antiquity as a place of worship. In 1321, Pope John XXII financed his reconstruction, which was completed in the 15th... Read more
Begun in 1713, several architects succeeded each other until its consecration in 1750. Preceded from a monumental Corinthian portico, the nave in ellipse is surmounted by an immense dome supported by eight buttresses, masterpiece of stereotomy. Tribunes opening on balconies of ironwork.... Read more
Built on the site of the oratory of St. Croix where, according to tradition, King Louis VIII made his devotions in 1226 and founded the brotherhood of the Penitents gray. The oldest in the city, still active, commemorates each year the "Miracle of the waters": during floods in 1433, the... Read more
Founded in 1586, the brotherhood is placed under the name of St. John the Baptist, intended to help the prisoners and assist the condemned to death. Originally outside the walls, the old chapel of Notre-Dame de Fenouillet was enlarged by the penitents at the beginning of the 17th century, then... Read more
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