A romantic and pensive Avignon with its peaceful streets once was the city of residence of the Pope Clement V. The transferring of the Papacy to Avignon played a great role in the life of this region. The Palace of the Popes became the central attraction of the city. It was built in the 14th century with the participation of the most eminent painters and sculptors of the time. There are still several halls with fantastical mosaics and wonderful frescos. You can come and see these masterpieces and even make photos of them. Today the Palace of the Popes is one of the largest and the most spacious of the European castles. The popes helped a lot the development of wine-growing and wine-making in the south of the Rhone Valley.
The most ancient attraction and symbol of Avignon is a famous bridge – the Pont Saint-Bénézet, built at the beginning of the 12 century. The Pont used to be an impressive construction consisting of 19 arches that connected two branches of the river. Nowadays there are only 4 surviving arches and the Chapel of Saint-Nicolas decorating the bridge.