Hotels in Avignon, France
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Avignon, also referred to as the ‘City of Popes’, is located in southeastern France and on the left bank of the Rhone River. It is also the capital and largest city in the department of Vaucluse. Throughout the history of Avignon, it has been influenced by various different periods, cultures and at one point was even destroyed. Today, visitors can still see some of the most fascinating of historic sights which have been wonderfully preserved and maintained. The accommodation in Avignon varies from hotels and apartments to hostels, guest houses and everything in between. For tourists hoping to explore and enjoy as much of the local activities as possible, finding cheap hotels in Avignon is a must and, thankfully, quite easy thanks to online hotel searches and booking facilitites.
Historic and religious sites in Avignon
An absolute must see in Avignon is the Pope’s Palace (Palais des Papes). It was home to Pope Clement V which led to a schism since Avignon was the seat of the Papacy instead of Rome. It is also the largest Gothic Palace in the whole world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Pont Saint Benezet is another important historic site and was built in the 12th century. It was destroyed by the Rhone River and rebuilt a number of times until finally being abandoned in the 17th century.
The historic walking area of Ile de la Barthelasse is ideal for anyone who would like to enjoy some of the best views of Avignon. Another lovely historic walking area is the Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers).
Some of the most popular sites of religious importance in Avignon include the Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms and Avignon Synagogue. Both buildings have a long history. The cathedral was originally built in a Romanesque style but, after the construction of the Pope’s Palace, a tower was added along with baroque arches and other features. The synagogue was built during the 19th century on the very ground where another synagogue once stood before it was destroyed by a fire.
Museums and other Avignon attractions
There are many fantastic local museums to visit in Avignon. Top art museums include Musee Louis Vouland, Musee du Petit Palais and Fondation Angladon-Dubrujeaud. The Musee Lapidaire and Musee Calvet specialise in history and Epicurium is a fun children’s museum.
If you visit the Pope’s Palace during the evening, make sure that you take the time to enjoy Les Luminessences D’avignon. This light show is truly spectacular and mesmerising.
With so many things to do in Avignon, it’s likely that you will see very little of your hotel room. The Ferris Wheel in Avignon, a trip on the Petit Train Avignon and a day at the Rocher des Doms gardens are all great ways to spend a few hours and enjoy the local scenery. There are also a number of theatres and evening entertainment that will ensure non-stop fun for all.