Abbaye Sainte-Catherine d'Avignon

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  • Day23

    Avignon, Palais des Papes

    April 10, 2015 in France ⋅

    We had a big day trip with Lurleen and our family to Avignon on the bus. It is much bigger than Uzes and has a wall all around it. The palace of the popes is enormous and old. The pope bought the whole city from queen Joan so they could have the palace there. I wonder how all the people would have felt! We had lunch on the roof of the palace which was awesome.

    Nannie is strong and awake but still needs the breathing tube because of her swollen throat. I can't wait til she comes home.
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  • Day154

    Avignon: Palace of the Popes

    October 2, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌬 59 °F

    In 1309 Pope Clement V moved to Avignon to escape the protests, riots, and violence after his election. The Palace was begun and added to by the 8 succeeding popes who lived there. It is the largest Gothic building of the middle ages and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

    After the popes returned to Rome, the building remained under papal control for the next 350 years, but it deteriorated. During the French Revolution, a lot of the palace was damaged. Napoleon used it for a barracks and more damage occurred. It was vacated in 1906 and was finally opened to tourists. It's been in the process of reconstruction ever since.

    This place is huge! We could never get a picture that showed how big it was from any angle. So we took a couple of pictures of the model to get a better perspective. The next day as we left town we saw it from a distance.
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  • Day154

    Palace of the Popes, Interior

    October 2, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌬 63 °F

    We took a tour, which included the use of a tablet to explain what it was like. The inside is mostly empty now, but using the tablet, we could see how it had looked. There had been beautiful frescoes covering the walls. Many were covered over when the building was used for other purposes, but some have been restored. Pictures were not allowed of these but we managed to take a couple of pictures of the tablet showing the interior.Read more

  • Day11

    Palais de Papes

    August 2, 2017 in France ⋅

    Before leaving Avignon, we hit the Palace of the Popes, which was one of the coolest places we've gone in on the trip. The history of its construction, it's inhabitants, and the sieges laid against it through the years were fascinating for both of us.

    They were also using the space for an exhibit for African art, which seemed fairly mismatched. We largely ignored it and focused our attention on the architecture, history, and artifacts.

    We probably spent a solid two hours there, and needed to hustle back to the hotel to grab our belongings and hit the road to head west for Bordeaux. Laura always wanted to run out of gas on the highway of a country where we don't speak the language, so I pushed our luck a bit to make her happy. We made it, but returning the car to the rental place tested our patience. Time for a glass of wine...
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  • Day14

    Avignon: centre of the western church

    May 2, 2017 in France ⋅

    Well it was the centre for a bit, like two hundred years or so. Life for the Pope was a bit (politically) hot in Rome in the 1300s. So what's a Pope to do? Build a new city for yourself and few thousand mates, that's what. Make the walls 10 foot thick. Then wait a couple of hundred years, shift the whole show back to Rome, and have a French revolution. Now all these flash 1300s mansions and palaces are ready for the average punter. It's really beautiful and up market in an otherwise challenging part of France.

    Stayed in a campsite just across the river - fifteen minute walk into the old town. Many high end shops and strong tourist focus, though the wider population is quite poor. Had dinner in the city centre on Rue Republic. It is still a beautiful town.
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  • Day15

    Papal Palace at Avignon

    October 2, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌬 63 °F

    One of the high points of our trip occurred today as we visited the Papal Palace at Avignon. As strange as it may seem, there was a time when there were as many as six different men, all claiming to be the rightful Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The problem was that each of these men had the backing of one or more kings. This volatile recipe sparked the Hundred Years’ War, a conflict based on a complicated muddle of politics and religion. Though most of the furnishings of this place were destroyed in the religious wars and in the French Revolution, modern technology has produced some interesting graphic effects that bring these rooms to life. Any student of church history cannot miss seeing this fascinating place that combines palace with fortress.Read more

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