Previously available only in French, a popular two-hour guided tour of the "Secret" Palais-des-Papes will soon be offered in English but only for a limited time. The Avignon landmark is one of the most-visited monuments in all of France. Construction began in 1335 and was completed in less than twenty years under the leadership of Pope Benedict XII and his successor Clement VI. With 15,000 square meters (161,000 square feet), the Popes’ Palace is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe--the equivalent of four Gothic cathedrals. The small-group "Secret Palace" tour provides a fabulous opportunity to discover many parts of the Palace that are normally closed to the public such as the baths, papal wardrobe, private chapel and staircases and corridors leading to gardens, terraces and private rooms. The tour in English will be offered Fridays at 3 p.m., from April 22nd to May 31st, and again from September 2nd to October 14th. The tour is not recommended for very small children or people with reduced mobility. Order your tickets (€19.50 per person) by clicking here or by calling +33(0)4 32 74 32 74. For complete Avignon Tourism info click here. For Palais-des-Papes info, click here.
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