Avignon is a beautiful, old town in the south of France with cream colored stone walkways, hidden passages, and an extremely rich history. It is known as the City of Popes, because of the enormous historic palace, Palais des Papes, in the town center which dates back to the year 1364! During the 14th century, this palace served as the epicenter of Western Christianity. The city’s historic center is so celebrated, it’s even been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site!
What’s charming about Avignon is that it is known for its characteristic trompe l’oeil window paintings. If you look up once in a while, you’ll notice these hyper-realistic paintings occupying the windows of various buildings. Each painting is unique – some might feature modern day scenes while others depict events from past times.
Walking through Avignon
The historical significance and public display of art are just a few of the many reasons visitors find Avignon to be simply merveilleux…