Medieval Avignon (France) - the center of art and culture
The city of the Popes, bells, churches, fortressescall the beautiful Avignon. France is rich in interesting and beautiful places, this town is no exception. On tourists, he makes a double impression, because, on the one hand, one can not help noticing the clutter in the streets, ugly graffiti, billboards, but on the other - ancient monuments of architecture, medieval chapels, temples, monasteries make the heart beat more often. Whatever it was, Avignon is considered the most beautiful place in the valley of the Rhone, it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is here that hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world come every year.
It is difficult to find a more romantic country thanFrance. Avignon (photos of the city's attractions have always aroused interest among tourists) is the owner of the largest gothic ensemble in Europe. For seven decades the city remained the capital of the Catholic world, and all thanks to the French King Philip IV, who forced the Roman Pope Clement V, to move to a new residence. As a reminder of this event, the Pope's Palace, recognized as the largest building of the 14th century and one of the most magnificent castles in Europe, has survived to this day.
Of course, time has passed, and the papal thronereturned to Rome, but until the French Revolution remained under the control of the papal legate Avignon. France is a very attractive country for tourists, but not all come to look at the Eiffel Tower, some holidaymakers will like a leisurely stroll through the quiet and peaceful town of Provence, an inspection of architectural masterpieces, melting riddles of the Middle Ages, contemplation of surrounding landscapes. Be sure to go down to St. Benezet Bridge, which caresses the waves of the Rhone River, walk through the shady park, broken by Urban V, stroll through the Courant Square, where you can stop snacking in one of the many restaurants or cafes.
From Villeneuve-les-Avignon, from the sidethe Cardinal Palace you can discover the new Avignon. France has a rich history, which she passed on to generations through architectural masterpieces. Be sure to walk through the Old City to feel the real theatrical spirit, you should visit the gardens of Roche-de-Dome, which offer a magnificent view of the Rhone. Throughout the world, it is thanks to the International Theater Festival that Avignon is known. France has long been a center of art and culture, so there is nothing surprising in the annual festivities that have been going on for 50 years already.
The holiday lasts a whole month. In July, musicians, dancers, theatrical companies and, of course, spectators to the city of Avignon come from all corners of the world. France hospitably accepts all, performances can go directly to the square, in a monastery or church. Famous collectives are honored to perform at the most honorable place - in the courtyard of the Pontifical Palace. Only in this city you can be transferred to the XIV century and abandon all problems and worries, enjoying the amazing scenery of Provence.