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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