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Avignon Travel Guide  

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Avignon, in southern France, is home to approximately 89,000 inhabitants. Almost as many tourists visit this town every year. With an increasing number of artists and musicians living here, the town is emerging as a popular centre for art and culture.
Avignon has a Mediterranean climate. Summer is the best time to visit as it is pleasant and there is no rain. July is the warmest month with temperatures reaching as high as 29°C. The strong mistral wind plays the occasional spoilsport in the weather. Winter is mild with an average temperature of 5°C.
Avignon’s period of glory was from 1309 to 1377—the Avignon Papacy. During this time, it was the seat of the pope. The seven popes who resided here contributed largely to its development.

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Overall Guide : The Palais des Papes—the world’s largest Gothic palace—was the official residence of the seven popes during the Avignon Papacy.  Some of the palace rooms are open for public viewing. The Notre Dame Des Doms stands out because of its elaborate... more vaulted ceiling, its Baroque galleries and a gilded statue mounted on the top. This Gothic cathedral houses some tombs built in the honour of the popes.  The Festival of Avignon spans over the last three weeks of July and the first week of August. The town is engulfed in music, art and theatre, and the streets are full of energetic revellers. The Pont Saint-Bénézet was built over the River Rhone to connect Avignon to Villeneuve. Today, although most of the bridge has collapsed and only four out of its twenty-two arches remain, it is still a picturesque sight. Villeneuve-Lez-Avignon is a sleepy town across the river. As it is less developed and has the feel of a medieval village, some prefer to stay here while they explore the city of Avignon.
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