Tickets for Palais des Papes

The largest Gothic palace in the world is just waiting to be explored!

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Last admission: 1 hour before closing
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Audio guide: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
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Last admission: 1 hour before closing
Audio guide: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
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Smartphone tickets accepted

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What's included

Entrance to the Palace
Histopad available in 7 languages
Voyage Extraordinaire Sound and Light show (if selected)
Access to the gardens (if selected)

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Earphones for the Histopad

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Enjoy general admission to the Palace of the Popes, plus access to the Papal Palace Gardens. Please note, the gardens close one hour before the Palace.

  • Explore the majestic halls and chapels of this gargantuan gothic palace – the largest of its kind in the world!
  • Learn all about the life and work of the nine popes who called the palace home, then see their intimate personal quarters
  • Marvel at priceless murals and frescoes which use innovative techniques to tell timeless stories of prophecy and faith

There are palaces, and then there are palaces. This mammoth monument is the largest Gothic building in the world, and towers over the picture-perfect town of Avignon. Built by Pope John XXII (we suspect he had some help) in 1316, the Palais has hosted nine popes and countless monarchs and nobility over the years. Explore and discover this palatial piece of world history.

The 'Palace of the Popes' is officially the biggest building ever constructed during the Gothic period. When you consider this was the era of castles and fortresses, that means it's very big indeed – a testament to the sheer power and influence of the Catholic Church.

That majesty can still be felt today, and you can prepare for your jaw to drop as you explore the 25 stunning rooms. The Grande Audience Hall and Consistory are real showstoppers, while the Great Clementine Chapel has been the site of all manner of holy goings-on for hundreds of years. What's more, you'll get to see into the various private apartments where the popes lived, decorated in a naturalist style which would have been groundbreaking back in the day!

Of course, it wouldn't be a palace without some lavish decorations, and the walls and ceilings are covered with frescoes by Matteo Giovanetti and Simone Martini. It's a thrilling lesson in history as well as a living work of art, and it's also really, really big – what are you waiting for?

Insider tip

Although you're likely to be transfixed by the interiors, it's worth getting on top of things and climbing the stairs to the roof(s) – you'll be rewarded with some of the best views of Avignon available!

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Palais des Papes
Friday 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday 09:00 - 19:00
Sunday 09:00 - 19:00
Monday 09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Palais des Papes
Place du Palais, 84000, Avignon
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  • Rescheduling is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.

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William,  New Zealand New Zealand
25 Feb 2023
Palace of the Popes
ginevra,  Italy Italy
08 Dec 2022
Palace of the Popes
27 Oct 2022
The building is impressive but there wasn't much in it and you were very reliant on the ipad app to imagine rooms as they were. Why aren't some rooms and artefacts/objects reconstructed?
Palace of the Popes

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