In the 14th century, this city in the South of France was the seat of the papacy. The Palais des Papes, an austere-looking fortress lavishly decorated by Simone Martini and Matteo Giovanetti, dominates the city, the surrounding ramparts and the remains of a 12th-century bridge over the Rhone. Beneath this outstanding example of Gothic architecture, the Petit Palais and the Romanesque Cathedral of Notre-Dame-des-Doms complete an exceptional group of monuments that testify to the leading role played by Avignon in 14th-century Christian Europe.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|i||To represent a masterpiece of human creative genius.||All|
|ii||To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.||All|
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||All|
|Nimes and surroundings with Tim Richards en||2013||38.6km||site_izi|
|Trip over Arles area with Tim Richards. Travelbook en||2013||26.7km||site_izi|
|Boule aux Rats||2019||22.4km||site_ao|
|Château de Lacoste||2019||39.6km||site_ao|
|Maison Carrée Reconstructed Inscription||2019||38.3km||site_ao|
|Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)||1985||21.7km||site_whs|
|Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the ‘Triumphal Arch’ of Orange||1981||20.3km||site_whs|
|Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments||1981||33.7km||site_whs|
About the source: UNESCO
Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.