22 Sights in Avignon, France (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Avignon, France. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 22 sights are available in Avignon, France.

Sightseeing Tours in Avignon

1. Chapelle des Pénitents Noirs

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The chapel of the Black Penitents is located in Avignon (Vaucluse) in the rue de la Banasterie. It hosted one of the major brotherhoods of the papal city. The "Grey Penitents" were the first of a long series of Avignon Penitents. Then are known the "Black Penitents", who were founded in 1488 by a group of Florentine nobles, the "White Penitents", a brotherhood founded in 1527 by thirteen Avignonnais, the "Blue Penitents", formed in 1557 by a dissidence of the other brotherhoods. Then, at the end of the sixteenth century, the "Black Penitents of Mercy" were born. The movement continued with the foundation of the "Purple Penitents" (1622), then the "Red Penitents" (1700). The Revolution put an end to this proliferation and only the "Grey Penitents" and the "Black Penitents" remain in Avignon today.

Wikipedia: Chapelle des Pénitents noirs (Avignon) (FR), Website

2. Hôtel de Salvati-Palasse

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The Academy of Vaucluse, founded in 1801, is the oldest association in Vaucluse. This learned society is a continuation of the Academy of Emulators of Avignon founded in 1658, it is recognized of public utility in 1919. The Vaucluse Academy, generalist, gives priority to local history in all its aspects. It plays an important cultural role through the activity of its members, periodicals, exhibitions and symposia on Vaucluse history and archaeology. In addition to its publishing activities, it is the repository of documentation collections composed of local works and regional scholarly journals, biographies, reprints, monographs of towns and villages. Beautiful library, including the publications of learned societies in connection with the Academy of Vaucluse.

Wikipedia: Académie de Vaucluse (FR)

3. Maison Jean Vilar

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Maison Jean Vilar

The Maison Jean Vilar, inaugurated on July 18, 1979, is an archive dedicated to the work and thought of Jean Vilar that offers shows, readings, meetings and exhibitions. It also carries the history of the Festival d'Avignon to the present day, that of the "OFF" and various cultural structures of the Region. The dynamics of this place were initially based on the alliance of four entities: the Jean Vilar Association, the City of Avignon, the National Library of France and the Ministry of Culture and Communication united by a quadripartite agreement signed for 30 years, on December 12, 1977. The last agreement expired in 2017.

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4. Chapelle Saint-Louis

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The novitiate of the Jesuits is a building built in Avignon in the Comtat Venaissin at the end of the sixteenth century, to serve as a house of religious formation for novices of the Society of Jesus. When the Jesuits were expelled from France (1768) the building passed into other hands and became the property of the city of Avignon in 1852. In 1987 the premises were rehabilitated to allow the opening of a hotel and the organization of cultural or tourist activities. Since 1950, the buildings and the cloister have been listed in the Register of Historic Monuments.

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5. Musée du Petit Palais

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The Musée du Petit Palais is a museum and art gallery in Avignon, southern France. It opened in 1976 and has an exceptional collection of Renaissance paintings of the Avignon school as well as from Italy, which reunites many "primitives" from the collection of Giampietro Campana. It is housed in a 14th-century building at the north side of the square overlooked by the Palais des Papes. The building, built in the early 14th century as the residence of the bishops of Avignon, was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the historic center of Avignon in 1995.

Wikipedia: Musée du Petit Palais, Avignon (EN), Website

6. Caravelle Guyane

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Caravelle Guyane Ralf Manteufel / GFDL 1.2

The Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle is a French jet airliner produced by Sud Aviation. It was developed by SNCASE in the early 1950s, and made its maiden flight on May 27, 1955. It included some de Havilland designs and components developed for the de Havilland Comet. SNCASE merged into the larger Sud Aviation conglomerate before the aircraft entered revenue service on April 26, 1959, with Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS); 282 were built until production ended in 1972. It was ordered by airlines on every continent and operated until its retirement in 2005.

Wikipedia: Sud Aviation Caravelle (EN)

7. Opéra Grand Avignon

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The Opéra d'Avignon is an opera house located in Avignon, France that has been in operation for almost two centuries. The initial opera house was constructed in 1824–1825, and opened with its inaugural performance on 30 October 1825. The original opera house was destroyed in a fire on 26 January 1846. The current opera house was built in 1846–1847 and was designed by architects Léon Feuchère and Théodore Charpentier.

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8. Statue du Millénaire capétien

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The Capetian millennium is an event organized in 1987 in France for the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the accession of Hugh Capet. It was by decree of the President of the Republic, François Mitterrand, and under his high patronage, that the Committee for the Celebration of the Millennium of the Accession of Hugues Capet was formed. It is chaired by the Director General of the Archives de France, Jean Favier.

Wikipedia: Millénaire capétien (FR)

9. Musée Angladon

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The Angladon Museum - Jacques Doucet is a museum at 5 rue Laboureur in Avignon. It is based in the hôtel de Massilian, a former hôtel particulier built in the 18th century. The museum was established in 1996 according to the wishes of Jean and Paulette Angladon-Dubrujeaud, heirs to the widow of the Parisian couturier Jacques Doucet (1853-1929). Its collections includes artworks from the 18th to 20th century.

Wikipedia: Angladon Museum (EN), Website

10. Musée Lapidaire

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Musée Lapidaire

The Lapidary Museum is a lapidarium-museum in Avignon, France. It has housed the classical Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Gallo-Roman sculptures and objects of the Calvet Museum since the 1980s. They are both run by the Fondation Calvet. As well as exhibiting the museum's core collections, it also mounts summer temporary exhibitions, conferences and networking events, particularly for scholars.

Wikipedia: Lapidary Museum (Avignon) (EN), Website

11. Maison du IV de Chiffre

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The house of IV de Chiffre is one of the oldest houses in Avignon, located at the corner of rue des Teinturiers and rue Guillaume Puy. This Gothic house, built in 1493, had an "IV de Chiffre" carved between the three windows on the first floor. These acronyms, now disappeared during a restoration, were found in No. 53 of "La Farandole", an Avignon magazine published on October 21, 1913.

Wikipedia: Maison du IV de Chiffre (FR)

12. Église Saint-Joseph-Travailleur

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The church of Saint-Joseph-Ouvrur, is a parish church with resolutely modern architecture, commissioned by the diocese of Avignon, in the department of Vaucluse, to equip a new district. It was built in the second half of the twentieth century by the French architect Guillaume Gillet (1912-1987), originally from the Oise. Built from 1967 to 1969, it was consecrated on October 19, 1969.

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13. Hôtel de Villeneuve-Martignan

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Hôtel de Villeneuve-Martignan Shoshanah / CC BY 2.0

The Calvet Museum is the main museum in Avignon. Since the 1980s the collection has been split between two buildings, with the fine arts housed in an 18th-century hôtel particulier and a separate Lapidary Museum in the former chapel of the city's Jesuit college on rue de la République. It is one of the museums run by the Fondation Calvet.

Wikipedia: Calvet Museum (EN)

14. Théâtre des Halles

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The Théâtre des Halles is a French theatre based in Avignon, Vaucluse. It was created in 1983 at the instigation of director Alain Timár. Permanent stage and venue of the Festival off d'Avignon, the Théâtre des Halles is located intramural, near Place Pie and the Halles d'Avignon, the Provencal market from which it takes its name.

Wikipedia: Théâtre des Halles (FR), Website

15. Théâtre du Chêne Noir

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Théâtre du Chêne Noir

The Théâtre du Chêne noir is located in the former chapel of the Abbaye Sainte-Catherine d'Avignon (a historic monument registered since 1974), located rue Sainte-Catherine, behind the Palais des papes d'Avignon. Gérard Gelas' company moved there in 1971. With André Benedetto, he was a pioneer of the Avignon Off Festival.

Wikipedia: Théâtre du Chêne noir (FR), Website

16. Chapelle du Verbe Incarné

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Chapelle du Verbe Incarné

The Chapel of the Incarné Verb is an old modest-size religious building, located at 21 rue des Lices, in the historic center of the commune of Avignon, chief town of the French department of Vaucluse. Since 1998, the chapel has been used as a performance hall during the Avignon Festival.

Wikipedia: Chapelle du Verbe Incarné (Avignon) (FR)

17. Musée Louis Vouland

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The Louis-Vouland Museum in Avignon (Vaucluse) presents, in a mansion of Villeneuve-Esclapon, a rich collection of decorative arts representative of the seventeenth and eighteenth century with Parisian furniture, earthenware of the South, goldsmithing, tapestries and paintings.

Wikipedia: Musée Louis Vouland (FR), Website

18. Hôtel de l'Espine

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The Hotel de l'Espine is a former Avignon mansion, built on the site of a convent founded by the Dominicans of Sainte Praxède in Avignon from the fifteenth century, and of which there are only rare vestiges. It now houses the Chamber of Trades and Crafts of Vaucluse.

Wikipedia: Hôtel de l'Espine (FR)

19. Chapelle de l'Oratoire

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The chapel of Avignon Lecture Hall is located in Joseph Verne Street. The 18th-century building was built in 1713, taken over in 1730 and finally completed in 1749. It was listed as a historical site in 1912. It got its name from a congregation, Toastmasters.

Wikipedia: Chapelle de l'Oratoire (Avignon) (FR)

20. Temple Saint-Martial

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The Temple Saint-Martial d'Avignon is a Protestant place of worship located at the corner of Rue des Lices and Rue de la République in Avignon, in the French department of Vaucluse in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Wikipedia: Saint-Martial d'Avignon (FR), Website

21. Basilique Saint-Pierre

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Basilique Saint-Pierre

St. Peter's Basilica in Avignon is a Gothic-style Catholic basilica located in Avignon on Place Saint-Pierre. Built on the site of a first construction of the seventh century, its current reconstruction dates from 1358.

Wikipedia: Basilique Saint-Pierre d'Avignon (FR)

22. Pierre Boulle

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Pierre Boulle Probably Life Magazine (Archives) / Fair use

Pierre François Marie Louis Boulle was a French author. He is best known for two works, The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) and Planet of the Apes (1963), that were both made into award-winning films.

Wikipedia: Pierre Boulle (EN)


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