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  • 1. Collection Lambert

    Museum/Gallery

    Known for the breadth of its collection as well as the scope of its exhibitions, the Lambert—a must-see for contemporary art lovers—reopened...Read More

  • 2. Palais des Papes

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This colossal palace creates a disconcertingly fortresslike impression, underlined by the austerity of its interior. Most of the original furnishings...Read More

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  • 3. Rocher des Doms

    Garden/Arboretum

    Set on a bluff above town, this lush hilltop garden has grand Mediterranean pines, a man-made lake (complete with camera-ready swans), plus...Read More

  • 4. Cathédrale Notre-Dame-des-Doms

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in a pure Provençal Romanesque style in the 12th century, this cathedral was soon dwarfed by the extravagant palace that rose beside it...Read More

  • 5. Espace Saint Louis

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This graceful old 17th-century Jesuit cloister has been converted for office use by the well-known Avignon Festival—a performing arts event...Read More

  • 6. Les Halles

    Market/Bazaar

    By 6 every morning (except Monday), merchants and artisans have stacked their herbed cheeses and arranged their vine-ripened tomatoes with surgical...Read More

  • 7. Les Luminessences d'Avignon

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    As if the Palais des Papes weren't spectacular enough, twice nightly (at 9:15 and 10:15) for six weeks in August and September, the magical...Read More

  • 8. Les Remparts

    Military Site

    More than 4 km (2½ miles) long, these protective crenellated walls and towers were built by the popes in the 14th century to keep out rampaging...Read More

  • 9. Musée Angladon

    Museum/Gallery

    This superb collection of major 18th- to 20th-century paintings and furnishings was assembled by the famous Parisian couturier Jacques Doucet...Read More

  • 10. Musée Calvet

    Museum/Gallery

    Worth a visit for the beauty and balance of its architecture alone, this fine old museum contains a rich collection of antiquities and classically...Read More

  • 11. Musée du Petit Palais

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This residence of bishops and cardinals before Pope Benedict XII built his majestic palace houses a large collection of old-master paintings...Read More

  • 12. Musée Lapidaire

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a pretty little Jesuit chapel on the main shopping street, this collection of sculpture and stonework is primarily from Gallo-Roman...Read More

  • 13. Musée Requien

    Museum/Gallery

    Don't bother to rush to this eccentric little natural history museum, but since it's next door to the Calvet Museum (and free) you might want...Read More

  • 14. Place de l'Horloge

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    This square is the social nerve center of Avignon; the concentration of bistros, brasseries, cafés, and restaurants draws swarms of locals to...Read More

  • 15. Pont St-Bénézet

    Bridge/Tunnel

    Sur le pont d'Avignon / On y danse, on y danse . . ." Unlike London Bridge, this other subject of a childhood song (and UNESCO World Heritage...Read More

  • 16. Bouteillerie

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    For wine lovers, there's a wine cellar devoted to Côtes du Rhônes at the Bouteillerie of the Popes' Palace, where you can sample and buy regional...Read More

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