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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
Opening hours
Today
09:00 - 20:30
Monday
09:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 20:30
Thursday
09:00 - 20:30
Friday
09:00 - 20:30
Saturday
09:00 - 20:30
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?

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What's included
  • Entrance to the Palace
  • Audio guide (available on-site for €2)
Instructions

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

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Palais des Papes
Place du Palais, 84000, Avignon
Key info
Audio guide
Available on-site for an additional small fee in English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese
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!

Peter
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Reviews
Aug 16, 2018
Excellent - easy to book online and a great experience.
Aug 10, 2018
The ‘fast track’ available by buying the tickets on line was fantastic and helped us enjoy the experience of our visit more. The audio guides and tablets were brilliant... I loved the fact you could see how rooms would have looked in the ages that were being discussed! It was a brilliant tour of a fabulous building!
Aug 8, 2018
We really enjoyed the visit. Definitely worth bying tickets in advance online to skip the line. The pad and travelling in time made the visit more interesting and attractive.
Thank you.
Aug 8, 2018
Buying the tickets online was SUCH A GREAT MOVE. I saw others waiting, I logged on, bought ticket, and walked right in. The Palais des Papes was full of history, and the interactive audioguide was fun to use. Would definitely, recommend,
Aug 4, 2018
Wonderful walk around the Popes ‘ palace .
Jul 10, 2018
Place has potential. Not enough content and under reconstruction. Expectations were higher. Interesting history. Will not fill much of the day, plan other things to do in Avignon.
Jul 2, 2018
Worth seeing. Value for money. Certainly worth a visit. Lots of interesting facts with the audio guide complete with interactive ipad.
May 11, 2018
Although there are very few furnishings in situ, the audio/visual guide provides high-quality re-creations of many of the rooms and halls. It is a very well-conceived experience!
Aug 16, 2018
Une visite assistée du tablette permettant de revoir les lieux originels
Une très bonne visite
Aug 16, 2018
Superba la visita
Intrattenimento ai bimbi con una caccia tesoro dentro il palazzo.

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