Shore Excursions From Marseille: Avignon, Once The Seat Of Catholicism, The Pope’s Palace

Pope's Palace Avignon
The Pope’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Avignon. © 2014 Avid Travel Media

At the beginning of the 12th century the seat of Catholicism was not in Rome but in Avignon. During the 14th century, Avignon’s papal residence was home to a succession of nine popes.

The Pope’s Palace is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in all of Europe. It was once a fortress and a palace and in 1309 became the home to seven successive popes. The Grand Chapel, where the Avignon popes worshipped, is impressive and humbling. It will leave you in awe.

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Also be sure to see Ten Aspirational Ports: Shore Excursions From Marseille Reveal The Beauty Of Provence & UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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