"Villeneuve Is Across the Rhone River from Avignon" Villeneuve-lès-Avignon by hquittner
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Villeneuve-Les-Avignon (note that this place name must have a grave sign over the e of "les") is on the west side of the Rhone and is not in Provence. When it developed it was a free town and was in France across the river from Papal Avignon, but the Cardinals were allowed to live there in the 14C. From 1352-26, the Pope Innocent VI had the Certosa (Chartreuse de Benediction) built there on a hill at the edge of town.
The small city has a Musee Pierre de Luxembourg art museum. In it are two famous masterpieces. The first is an ivory tusk that has been carved as a multicolored Virgin of the 14C. The other is Enguerrand Quarton's "Crowning of the Virgin", the earliest example of great French painting.
In the apse of the church is the Tomb of Innocent VI which is made of white marble. The figure lies on a raised level.... more travel advice
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