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“Interesting but not exciting”

Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes)
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The residence of the soveriegn pontiffs in the 14th century is the largest Gothic Palace in the world. 25 areas to visit : ceremonila halls, chapels, cloister, the Pope's provate apartments with their priceless frescos, as well as a scenographic area, the Musée de l'Oeuvre, wich presents the development and history of the building since it was build. Ranked as UNESCO world heritage.
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“Interesting but not exciting”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

It's an impressive site to tour, but don't expect a typical palace experience as none of the rooms have furnishings. Signage and displays are informative enough though if you are interested in papal or medieval history.

Visited September 2013
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“The beautiful palace was stripped of contents.”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

OK, it is a beautiful palace, but it is empty. It was stripped of furniture and art. Kind of sad, but yet great architecture.

Visited June 2013
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Warsaw, Poland
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“Sandstone time capsule”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

I visited the Palace with a friend and we enjoyed the visit very much (even though we're both 20 and I'm an unbeliever). The audioguide is worth taking, costs 2 euro, is available in many languages. It gives you a good notion of the history of the palace. The palace itself is well-maintained and still impressive - (being inspired by the audioguide) I wonder how it must have looked like in its heyday... While we were there, an exibition "Les Papesses" was held in the palace and I was delighted to see the works of female artists (inc. my favourite Camille Claudel!).

Visited September 2013
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Marchington, Uttoxeter, England
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“Palais des Papes”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

This is a building not to be missed. The rooms and location plus the description by short videos was excellent.

Recommended.

Visited September 2013
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Denver
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“Impressive Piece of History”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

This formidable complex is well laid out and tells a fascinating tale of history. The displays all have translated information in several languages to tell the story of the Great Schism and the time when Avignon was the Papal Seat. There are many narrow hallways and steep steps, but still seem to be plenty of options for visitors who may be less mobile.

A must visit!

Visited September 2013
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