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Now the capital of the department of Vaucluse, Avignon was one of the principal cities of the Cavares at the time of the Roman invasion. After the fall of the empire, Avenio belonged successively to Burgundians, Franks and Wisigoths. Twice taken by the Saracens and twice delivered by Charles Martel, it submitted to the Carolingians and became part of the kingdom of Arles and one of the principal towns of the marquisate of Provence. In the twelfth century, it set up an independent commune, electing its own consuls and surrounded itself with new walls and gates. Declaring for the Albigenses, it was taken by Louis VIII in 1226, though in 1251, it fell again under the counts of Provence. Scarcely anything remains of the ancient Avenio, except a few stones built in the walls and some mosaics in the Museum.

Central Avignon is enclosed by medieval walls, built by one of the nine popes who based themselves here throughout most of the fourteenth century, away from the anarchic feuding and rival popes of Rome. Avignon was a lively place when the papacy was here. Every vice flourished in the overcrowded, plague-ridden town, full of hangers-on to the papal court; according to Petrarch it was "a sewer where all the filth of the universe has gathered".

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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    With the religiosity of here, it still has a lot of charm and tradition form those days. Thanks for the good pics and comments.

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2006 at 3:33 AM

    Sounds like a nice place - I hope to visit there this July! Happy New Year!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2005 at 5:28 AM

    Yes, the brothels were at their busiest whilst the popes were in residence! Lovely pages backed with quality photos.

  • basstbn's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2005 at 10:59 AM

    Interesting and helpful pages with excellent photos! Thanks for the tour - and happy birthday...

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2004 at 7:03 PM

    Fantastic transportation tip! Enjoyable, valuable reading with excellent photographs to accompany it. Thanks for the wonderful tour.

  • globerover's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2004 at 6:12 PM

    Avignon is indeed a most interesting place; I visited it about 20 years ago, and it seems that it has not changed much since;

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2004 at 9:58 PM

    Thanks for reminding me of great memories of Avignon. It truly is a centre of culture.

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2003 at 2:20 AM

    Great page about Avignon! Thanks for all the tips! I am going here this month :-)

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2003 at 7:57 PM

    "Sur le pont d'Avignon / l'on y danse, l'on y danse / sur le pont d'Avignon / l'on y danse tout en rond..."

  • Amitu's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2003 at 4:39 PM

    Fantastic pages on a french town I regret missing out on. Well done


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