"A truly excellent set of city walls!" Top 5 Page for this destination City Walls - Ramparts Tip by CatherineReichardt

City Walls - Ramparts, Avignon: 11 reviews and 31 photos

  Watchtower, Avignon city walls
by CatherineReichardt
 
  • Watchtower, Avignon city walls - Avignon
      Watchtower, Avignon city walls
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Watchtower, Avignon city walls - Avignon
      Watchtower, Avignon city walls
    by CatherineReichardt
 

I'm a sucker for a good set of city walls, and Avignon's are a cracker!

Actually, the walls (remparts in French) not particularly high, and are dwarfed by comparison with the impressive fortifications of Palais des Papes, which makes it clear where the defensive priorities were (protecting papal courts, not townsfolk!). However, they are extraordinarily beautiful and made from honey-coloured stone that glows in the Provencal light, particularly in the early morning and late afternoon.

The city walls have moved several times over the centuries to accommodate the growing town - Rue des Teinturiers, for example, was originally outside the city walls, but was incorporated in the 14th century.

Although the walls are pretty well complete, it's generally not possible to walk along the ramparts (which seems like a bit of a pity, but is probably why they're still in such good condition). I have seen reference to the fact that the ramparts are accessible close to Chapelle St-Nicholas, which is adjacent to Pont St Bénézet. Unfortunately we simply didn't have enough time to explore this possibility, but I'd be interested to know if this is the case (in which case, drop me a note and I'll amend this tip accordingly).

Address: Around the historical centre

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 7, 2011
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