Palais des Papes

Palace and museum in Avignon, France

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Palais des Papes
Avignon, Palais des Papes depuis la place devant le petit Palais by JM Rosier.jpg
View from the Tour Philippe-le-Bel
LocationAvignon, France
Coordinates43°57′03″N 4°48′27″E / 43.9508°N 4.8075°E / 43.9508; 4.8075Coordinates: 43°57′03″N 4°48′27″E / 43.9508°N 4.8075°E / 43.9508; 4.8075
Architectural style(s)Gothic
Official nameHistoric Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
Criteriai, ii, iv
Designated1995 (19th session)
Reference no.228
UNESCO regionEurope and North America

The Palais des Papes (English: Palace of the Popes; lo Palais dei Papas in Occitan) is a historical palace located in Avignon, Southern France. It is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Once a fortress and palace, the papal residence was the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century. Six papal conclaves were held in the Palais, leading to the elections of Benedict XII in 1334, Clement VI in 1342, Innocent VI in 1352, Urban V in 1362, Gregory XI in 1370 and Benedict XIII in 1394.

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