Avignon: The Charming City of Popes
Encircled by 4 km of city walls, Avignon became the seat of the Popes in the 14th century. They built the world’s largest Gothic palace there: the Palais des Papes. The town still upholds its former legacy as the second Rome. Every season proffers a packed cultural agenda, including Cheval Passion, Hivernales de la Danse, Son & Lumière au Palais and major exhibitions. The famous Pont Saint-Bénézet, better known as the Pont d’Avignon, offers a marvellous terrace for gazing out over this grandiose city, ranked a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. The bridge’s four remaining arches stand over the Rhône River.