Monday, February 7, 2011

Avignon


City walls of Avignon, France. They date back to the mid-1300s, when they were built over a 10-year period. The walls were restored the 1860s. They completely surround Avignon's city center.

2 comments:

  1. Those are really nice looking. Were they built to protect the antipopes?

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  2. Good question. Avignon became a part of the Papal territory in 1274. The popes then immediately started to build city walls, these are well preserved. But these walls are not very strong fortifications, apparently they relied on the protection of their own immense palace in Avignon, the Palais des Papes.

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