Largest city Vaucluse at the confluence of the Rhône And the Durance. It is thus bordering the departments of Gard and the Bouches-du-Rhône. Avignon is already an important city in the 12th century, thanks in particular to the Pont d’Avignon which allows the crossing of the Rhone. With the arrival of the Popes in the 14th century, the city became a second Rome.
The Rhône has always played an important role in the life of the city. Although it is an invaluable treasure for the economy of the city due to the importance of freight and pleasure traffic, it also plays an important part in the leisure activities of avignon. The arts are undergoing considerable development. Avignon remained a pontifical land until the Revolution. Then the city will grow out of its ramparts.
Avignon is listed as a City of Art and History. The city is surrounded by ramparts and its old houses have a lot of charm. The bridge of Avignon is another emblem of the city. The Palais des Papes of the 14th century and the Saint-Bénezet bridge (the famous bridge of Avignon) of the seventh century, Humanity by UNESCO.
The museums of Avignon :
Lambert Collection, Jean Vilar House, Angladon Museum, Calvet Museum, Musée de l’Oeuvre, Musee du Mont-de-Piété, Musée du Petit Palais, Musée lapidaire, Musée Louis-Vouland, Musee Requien, Palais du Roure.
Festival of Avignon and other events :
Avignon hosts throughout the year various events such as the Provençal Festival, theater and music in the Provençal language, Avignon-Jazz Festival, Artisans’ Market but the best known is its theater festival.
- The Festival d’Avignon, founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, takes place every summer during the month of July in the city of Avignon. This is undoubtedly the most important manifestation of theatrical art and live performance in France by the number of creations and spectators, and one of the oldest decentralized artistic manifestations.
- The Festival Off: Independently of the Festival In Festival, and at the initiative of the New Company founded by André Benedetto, hundreds of other shows are held – More than 539 troops registered in 2004 to give 667 shows without Count street shows, etc…
Site of the city :