"Villeneuve Is Across the Rhone River from Avignon" Villeneuve-lès-Avignon by hquittner

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 46 photos

See the Town Museum & The Chartreuse on the Hill

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.

In 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.

  • Last visit to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon: Aug 1986
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