So it was definitely time to revisit and explore more the city.
Avignon was the seat of Western Christianity Avignon and the residence of the Popes in 1309, when the newly elected Pope Clement V left behind Rome during a period of unrest during that City.
The papacy returned to Rome in 1377, but caused a schism when rival claimants to the papacy vied for control. Tow of the 'anti-popes', Clement VII and his successor Benedict XIII , continued to rule in Avignon until 1403.
After the Avignon Papacy ended, the Palais des Papes was neglected. It was ransacked during the French Revolution and subsequently used as barracks and a prison duringNapoleon's reign. It was not till 1906 that is was declared a national museum. Since then, it has been painstakingly restored and work continues on a large scale.
Today, the palace, the famous bridge of Avignon and the old medieval city center, surrounded by its fortified ramparts, have been declared Unesco World Heritage sites.
Of course, Avignon has more to offer than the papal palace. The winding streets with their charming plazas by themselves are worth a visit. And of course, Avignon is situated not far from the Chateauneuf Du Pape wine region and the Mediterranean. Need I say more?