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Avignon
Avignon, Palais des Papes depuis Tour Philippe le Bel by JM Rosier.jpg
Coat of arms of Avignon
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Vaucluse
Arrondissement Avignon
Intercommunality Grand Avignon
Area1 64.78 km2 (25.01 sq mi)
Population (2006) 94,787
 • Density 1,463.21/km2 (3,789.71/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 84007 /84000
Elevation 10–122 m (33–400 ft)
(avg. 23 m or 75 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Avignon is a city on the Rhône River in the south of France. The city is the administrative capital of the Vaucluse.

The first foundations of the city were around 539 before the birth of Christ.

During the Middle Ages, the city was the seat of the popes.

Today, a very well preserved old city remains, also the Palais of the Popes, and the Bridge (Pont d'Avignon) are worth a visit.

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