The Avignon Papacy was known as the Babylonian Captivity of the Church. Lasting from 1305 to 1377, seven Popes resided at Avignon.
On the road:
Finding our way through the twisting medieval streets
We were lost in the city even with a GPS. We found our way out of the maze by reasoning out that the church is always at the highest point.
A few more streets and we happened upon this square:
Which led us to the Palais des Papes and Notre Dame des Doms, the Cathedral of Avignon
The Palais and the Cathedral side-by-side:
A few gargoyles:
This one looks like a Stormtrooper gryphon
A monkey with a chignon?
I think this is a phoenix. Mythical creatures are sometimes hard to tell as gargoyles.
On the roof of the Palais
Flying buttresses in a row
A view from the tower of Avignon, the River Rhone, and Villeneuve-les-Avignon
Cathedral of Notre Dame des Doms
Cathedral and Palais towers side by side
From the lower set of stairs leading up to the Cathedral
Our Lady's golden statue atop the Cathedral tower
The Main Altar
Our Lady Chapel