Place du Palais in Avignon

The most famous square in Avignon is called Place du Palais. It’s absolutely a must-stop when visiting Avignon and there are three main attractions to check out: the Palais des Papes, the Rocher des Doms, and the Hotel des Monnaies. These architectural wonders have lasted over 600 years and have been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. The open air cobblestone grounds are filled with tourists relaxing in the cafés or snapping photos of the palace. Be sure to wander through the historic stone passageways that lead in and out of the square.

Hotel des Monnaies

The Hotel des Monnaies overlooks the Place du Palais, and stands directly across from the Palais des Papes. It’s stunning facade has become a recognizable symbol of Baroque architecture in Avignon. Completed in 1619, it has more recently been occupied by the Olivier Messiaen music conservatoire.

Hotel des Monnaies, Avignon, France

Hotel des Monnaies, Avignon, France

Palais des Papes

This palace is largest Gothic palace in the world, dating back to the 14th century! Inside, you can discover beautiful frescoes by Italian artist Matteo Giovannetti. The exterior commands the attention of all who walk by, due to it’s massive size. Apparently the palace itself took less than 20 years to build, an incredible feat of construction.

Palais des Papes, Avignon, France

Palais des Papes, Avignon, France

Rocher des Doms

The lovely park Rocher des Doms overlooks the Rhône river, le pont d’Avignon, and city streets of Avignon. It’s a small climb, with quite an incredible view! You can reach the park easily as it sits next to the Palais des Papes. Relax in the manicured gardens and enjoy the rock formations and classical sculptures.

Rocher des Doms, Avignon, France

Rocher des Doms, Avignon, France

Rocher des Doms, Avignon, France

Rocher des Doms, Avignon, France

Rocher des Doms, Avignon, France

Rocher des Doms, Avignon, France

Rocher des Doms, Avignon, France
Rocher des Doms, Avignon, France

Rocher des Doms, Avignon, France

Here’s the view of Le pont d’Avignon:

Rocher des Doms, Avignon, France

Rocher des Doms, Avignon, France

July 16, 2016
I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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