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5/35.- Avignon, Palais des Papes and Cathedral

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You can see here a beautiful view of the 'Place du Palais' (=Palace Square). The building on the right is the 'Palais des Papes'. The one on the left is the Cathedral.

The construction of these buildings began in 1309, when Pope Clement V leaves Rome and chooses Avignon as the capital of Christianity. For more than a century the popes will live in Avignon. Thanks to this, and to its privileged geographic situation, the city became one of the wealthiest cities in medieval Europe.

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