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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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two more Popes to reign in France, it split

the church for 39 years, but in the end Rome

was the victor. The Popes Palace in Avignon

became a residence for visiting dignitaries

and fell into disrepair. During the French

Revolution it became a prison and then

was turned into a barracks for Napoleon’s

soldiers. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that

the magnificence of the building was once

again recognised and it became a public

museum in 1906.

Twenty-five rooms in the palace are open

to visitors including the former Indulgence

Window where the Pope gave blessings to

the crowds below, the grand formal rooms

which held banquets and ceremonies,

the Treasury, the private chapels and

apartments with priceless frescoes.

Petit Palais

The palace is surrounded by other

monuments including the former residence

of Bishops, known as the Petit Palais. It’s not

actually that petit and covers an impressive

3000 m² with two inner courtyards. It was

rebuilt in the 15th century on the site of a

former palace built to house Archbishop

Julien de la Rovère who later became Pope

Jules II. It’s now a museum with an extensive

collection of artworks of the Middle Ages

and the Renaissance including works by

Botticelli and Carpaccio.

Notre-Dame des Doms

Cathedral

Next to the Palais des Papes is the

Cathedral of Notre Dame des Doms,

which was built in 1150 in the Provençal

Romanesque style and predates the Papal

complex. Gothic style chapels were added

between the 14th and 17th centuries. Atop

the cathedral’s bell tower, a 20-foot gilded

statue of the Virgin Mary presides over the

surroundings.

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