Anignon, City of Popes

aleksandr_skorobogatov_avignon_city_of_popes.jpgA new entry in the photoblog: Anignon. This French city in the southern Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region is immortalized by the French children’s song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” (aka Saint Bénézet bridge). This magnificent song is the main reason why the city has been classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Another, though far less important reason could be the fact that during the Catholic schism Avignon has became a «City of Popes»: 7 popes and 2 anti-popes resided in Avignon from 1309 to 1423. After the French Revolution, the emancipated people have used the papal residence “Palais des Papes” as barracks and prison, hence basically the only remaining things of this majestic Gothic building are its 17-18 feet thick walls, which the revolutionary masses were unable to destroy. Nowadays it’s a museum, where you can learn how beautiful the Palace once was. OK, it’s not that bad. Take a look.

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