Avignon

Avignon, Palais des Papes depuis Tour Philippe le Bel by JM Rosier.jpg
Coat of arms of Avignon
Administration
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Vaucluse
Arrondissement Avignon
Intercommunality Grand Avignon
Mayor Marie-Josée Roig (UMP)
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 10–122 m (33–400 ft)
(avg. 23 m or 75 ft*)
Land area1 64.78 km2 (25.01 sq mi)
Population2 94,787  (2006)
 - Density 1,463/km2 (3,790/sq mi)
Time zone CET (GMT +1)
INSEE/Postal code 84007/ 84000
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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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