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Location address: France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 84000, Avignon, 26 Place De L'horloge
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The Palais des Papes (lo Palais dei Papas in Occitan) is a historical palace in Avignon, southern France, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. One time 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 Antipope Benedict XIII in 1394.
The period of the popes of Avignon started in 1309, when the Gascon Bertrand de Goth, as Pope Clement V, unwilling to face the violent chaos of Rome after his election (1305), moved the Papal Curia to Avignon, a period known as the Avignon Papacy.
Palais the Papes is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. The palais des Papes is classified with the historic center of Avignon, on the World Heritage Site of the UNESCO.
The Saint-Jean chapel inside the Palais des Papes is a masterpiece.
The majority of the Palais des Papes is open to the public
Palais de Papes in Avignon in France was the fourteenth century seat of the papal court.