By using this site, you agree to its use of cookies as provided in our policy.

Le Palais des papes - Avignon, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
N 43° 57.050 E 004° 48.450
31T E 645035 N 4868000
Quick Description: [EN] The palace of the popes, Avignon, is the largest Gothic buildings of the Middle Ages. [FR] Le palais des papes, à Avignon, est la plus grande des constructions gothiques du Moyen Âge.
Location: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Date Posted: 10/17/2019 12:52:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM11G16
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
Views: 1

Long Description:

"The Palace of the Popes is built on the highest point of the city, the rock of the Doms, between the cathedral and the communal palace. The chosen location is therefore important from a defensive point of view but also from a symbolic point of view.

Built on the site of the bishop's palace - which is made possible by the fact that John XXII was bishop of Avignon and that there is no new bishop at the moment when, become pope, there is install - this new palace replaces the previous papal residence.

Indeed, Clement V remained in the convent of the Dominicans, then outside the walls of the first wall of the city. It is essentially to Benedict XII and Clement VI that it is up to build the palace we see today.

Later popes will build some additions that will not change it very much. It is very impressive to think that most of the palace was built in twenty years.

It is the largest surviving Gothic palace, with a surface area of 6,500 square meters and a total area of 15,000 square meters including courtyards and gardens. "

Sources : The Palace

Photo goes Here

" Le palais des Papes est construit sur le lieu le plus élevé de la ville, le rocher des Doms, entre la cathédrale et le palais communal. Le lieu choisi est donc important du point de vue défensif mais également du point de vue symbolique.

Construit à l'emplacement de l'évêché – ce qui est rendu possible par le fait que Jean XXII a été évêque d'Avignon et qu'il n'y a pas de nouvel évêque au moment où, devenu pape, il s'y installe – ce nouveau palais remplace la précédente résidence papale.

En effet, Clément V demeurait au couvent des dominicains, alors hors les murs de la première enceinte de la ville. C'est essentiellement à Benoît XII et à Clément VI qu'il revient de construire le palais que nous voyons aujourd'hui.

Les papes ultérieurs construiront quelques adjonctions qui ne le modifieront que peu. Il est très impressionnant de penser que l'essentiel du palais a été construit en une vingtaine d'années.

C'est le plus grand palais gothique conservé, avec ses 6 500 mètres carrés de surface et une emprise totale de 15 000 mètres carrés si l'on inclut les cours et les jardins."

Sources : Le Palais

Date Built: 14th Century / 14ème Siècle

Visit Instructions:
Logging requirements: Please upload your own personal photo of the building. You or your GPS can be in the picture, but it’s not a main requirement.

This category is focused only to original Gothic architecture, not to pseudo-Gothic, neo-Gothic or Gothic Revival. You can not find this kind of architecture outside of "Old World", moreover this architecture appeared in ca XIIth century (early Gothic) and the last buildings are from cca XVIth (late Gothic) century...

Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
MapQuest
Bing Maps
Trails.com Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Gothic Architecture
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Nearest Hotels
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
Date Logged Log User Rating  
YvesProvence visited Le Palais des papes - Avignon, France 10/5/2019 YvesProvence visited it
pmaupin visited Le Palais des papes - Avignon, France 8/20/2004 pmaupin visited it

View all visits/logs