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“Rich in History!”

Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes)
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Ranked #3 of 100 things to do in Avignon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The residence of the soveriegn pontiffs in the 14th century is the largest Gothic Palace in the world. 25 areas to visit : ceremonila halls, chapels, cloister, the Pope's provate apartments with their priceless frescos, as well as a scenographic area, the Musée de l'Oeuvre, wich presents the development and history of the building since it was build. Ranked as UNESCO world heritage.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

One of our first stops on our vacation and a wonderful place to start! Rich in history of the Catholic Church during a 100 year residency in France. Architectural examples of beauty and power within this walled city!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Grand place with a lot of history.. The histopad significantly adds to the experience. With it you can walk around and listen to a guide (location triggered), enjoy period music characteristic of those times, toggle info blurbs as you wish (overlaid on the ruins) and even play a fun game collecting treasure coins. Wish we had not been so cheap at Chambord and gotten the histopad there too!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We booked online, which seemed to save a bit of a queue, and the morning 9-11am seemed better than it seemed later on. Apart from the guided tours, all visitors get headphones and a tablet, which is great for the kids in particular. It shows a VR version of what each room would have looked like in the 14th century, as well as an interactive medal hunt. Our kids have never enjoyed a visit to a historic monument so much. The Palace itself is such a formidable piece of history, and extremely well demonstrated by the tour.

Thank Mikel_Arteta
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Brilliant. Huge rooms brought to life by the tablet and headphones provided. You hold the tablet up and see how it looked all those centuries ago, decorated and furnished. Well maintained, lots to see, nicely organised.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Is there anything worse than crossing the ocean to see great art and architecture, only to have it obscured by hoards of tourists taking selfies in front of it? Yes! Histopads! That's the French name for tablets that provide pictures of and commentary (in your preferred language) on what you aim them at. At least that's how I think they work--we didn't try them. The result is that all your fellow visitors to the Palace are looking at screens instead of the place they are visiting, and as a bonus bumping into you and each other. Granted, the Palace of the Popes doesn't offer a lot of visual excitement. It is massive--you really understand the power of religion in the Middle Ages when you make your way through it--but apart from huge stone rooms and towers, there's not that much to look at see. Some wall paintings are the only exception. But the screens make navigating the warren of rooms pretty unpleasant. Why they are preferable to audio guides, which direct the user to look what they came to see, I can't imagine.

Thank Achillea
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