At some point in fourteenth century Europe, the Pope fled Rome and set up shop in Avignon. This town (pop. 90,000) in the heart of the Provence has the Gothic-style Papal Palace to show for the 70-odd years in its history when over half a dozen popes ruled the Catholic church from here.
There is no larger Gothic architectural remnant anywhere in Europe, and though the insides of this fairy tale palace are actually fairly barren, the sheer size of the structure makes it a must-see.
Besides the Papal Palace there are other cultural and architectural highlights such as the Cathedral, the Petit Palais and the Pont Saint Bénézet (Pont d'Avignon). Outside of these though, Avignon is also simply a lovely city to wander around in. Squares like the Place de L'horloge filled with terraces and and streets lined with small boutiques make it one of the most charming towns in all of Europe. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Avignon is a city in France's region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. It has a population of 90,194, is situated at an altitude of 98ft and the best airport to fly into is AVN (Avignon Caumont, Avignon)
- The main spoken language here is French, and the average English skill is low
- The currency used in France is the Euro (EUR)
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