Introducing Avignon in France – twinned since 1972

Much of Avignon’s history reflects an incident in France in the 14 th century when the Counts of Provence (also Kings of Naples) were disposed towards the Papacy.

Due to the upheaval during this period the Popes moved to the Veaissin area close to the town where they were to build the Palais des Papes.

Following the Popes returning to Italy in the mid -14 th century, Avignon developed as a town of art and culture.  It is now a city for some 92,000 inhabitants with its unfinished bridge and city walls.

Avignon’s International Summer Festival has received world wide acclaim.

The city is also a gateway to other tourist attractions including the national park of the Camargue and the towns of Arles and Nimes.

The link below gives more detailed information on Avignon