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Tickets for Palais des Papes

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

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Overview

Highlights

  • 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

Description

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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Ticket

What's included

Entrance to the Palace
Histopad available in 7 languages

Amendment policy

  • Changes are not possible for this ticket

Instructions

Go straight to the ticket desk and show your smartphone ticket.

Venue

Opening hours

Palais des Papes
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00

How to get there

Palais des Papes
Place du Palais, 84000, Avignon
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Ratings & reviews

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Aug 27, 2020
Excellent
It was very enjoyable
A
Aug 25, 2020
Good
Good, but information is pretty limited in the given tablets. However I appreciated the technology of having 3D view of the chambers.
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Aug 17, 2020
Excellent
I'm really impressed by the 3d tour. Unfortunally, our devices turned off because of the law battery. Because of late time, there were no charged devices to exchange at.

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