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Discover Avignon and its area

 

Every summer, Avignon is transformed into the performing arts capital of France. The Festival d'Avignon attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world.

In 1306, French Pope Clement V moved his court from Rome to the safety of the Vatican owned Comtat Venaissin. In 1309, the papal court settled in Avignon where it remained until 1376.

The Fondation Angladon-Dubrujeaud is housed in an eighteenth century mansion and features a self-portrait by Picasso and a still life by Cezanne. It also exhibits the only Van Gogh in Provence, “Les Wagons du Chermin de Fer.”  

The Palais de Papes (Pope's Palace) is a dominant white fortress completed with towers and crenellations. Unfortunately, the inside is empty because of the destruction it suffered during the French Revolution. The palace was eventually used as a prison. Evidence of this time is found among the frescoes. Pieces were chipped off by soldiers and sold!

While in Avignon, be sure to enjoy the gourmet specialties of the area. Try Papalines, which are made from fine chocolate and a liqueur called d'Origan du Comtat. This liquor is made from sixty herbs and is said to be a cure for cholera.

The Musée du Petit Palais was constructed in 1308 for a Cardinal but was renovated in 1335 to house the local bishop. In the late fifteenth century, it underwent another metamorphosis for Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere, who would later become Pope Julius II. Today, the Petit Palais houses a fabulous collection of medieval paintings and sculptures.

To say that the upper kitchen in the Palais de Papes is large is an understatement. Apparently, the appetites of fourteenth century cardinal-electors were big, and large kitchens were necessary in order to be accommodating. In fact, the menu for Clement VI's coronation feast included 1,023 sheep, 118 cattle, 101 calves, 914 goats, 60 pigs, 10,471 hens, 1446 geese, 300 pike, 46,856 cheeses, and 50,000 tarts. Are you curious to know how many people were in attendance? Only 3,000!

(City Factoid provided by 10Best Inc.)

You can find more information on Avignon and its area on the following websites: Sport-Découverte, Routard or Petit Futé.

You can also find information on the official websites of Vaucluse Tourism Comity or Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Regional Tourism Comity