Old door, Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), Avignon, France.
The Palais des Papes is the largest Gothic palace in the world. There are 15,000 square meters of living space, which is the equivalent of 4 Gothic cathedrals. Its construction began in AD 1252 and it became the residence of the Popes in 1309. The huge structure is actually two palaces joined together, each built for a different pope. The palace was seized and sacked by revolutionary forces during the French Revolution in 1789 so most rooms are totally empty, but some beautiful frescos were preserved.
The Courtyard (the old door can be seen on the far right).
The Palais de Papes external view. Detail of the main entrance and towers.
That door is really something! Avignon- another of those places high on my list 🙂 🙂
That palace is quite amazing, although for people who like to see decorated palaces it can be disappointing. Avignon is cute and there are a couple other interesting attractions. We just spent a couple of hours there, though.
That would probably do me! So many places in that area I’d want to see. 🙂
Les Baux-de Provence is also adorable.
Wow, I did not know about this place; though it makes sense that the popes of Avignon had to live somewhere – and these dudes were not just gonna live in some little shack 😉
That door is massive – great shots.
Thanks, Norm. 🙂
Great door and an amazing place. I was there some years ago and its quite impressive.
It is indeed!