Thursday, June 04, 2009


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:


Inner courtyard

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 Crucifix

The Main Altar

Our Lady Chapel


DimBulb said...

It appears that the streets in Medieval towns were not designed for the claustrophobic.

Argent said...

LOL! Definitely not for the claustrophobic. Some streets had the buildings on either side of the street that seemed to be touching at the top.