THURSDAY, 1st June
The historic centre of Avignon which includes the Palais des Papes became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Avignon is famous for its Gothic architecture and structures. The Palais des Papes is the largest Gothic Palace in the world. The presence of the Popes made Avignon the capital of the medieval western world in the 15th century. It was a papal territory up until the French Revolution. The city walls are an outstanding feature of this city. The church erected more than three miles of protective walls and 39 towers. Today 13,000 people live within the walls.
The Pont Saint-Benezet, also known as the Pont d’Avignon, is a famous medieval bridge spanning the Rhone River. It was built between 1177 and 1185 (just 8 years to build) and was originally 920 metres long, had 22 arches and measured 4 metres in width. The four remaining arches have become an icon of the city.
Sur Le Pont d’Avignon is a French song that dates back to the 15th century – “On the Bridge of Avignon everyone is dancing”