Founded in 1947, the Avignon Festival is one of the most important contemporary festivals of theater, song and dance performances. Every July, Avignon is transformed into a true theater city, with its majestic and amazing architectural heritage transformed into a great backdrop, attracting tens of thousands of theater lovers of all ages (more than 130,000 visitors counted).
Many of the spectators, who are on vacation in the area or come especially, stay in Avignon for several days to see several spectacles from the wide selection of around forty plays, dance performances and performances in visual arts or music concerts.
The town of Avignon is a former city of the popes. It is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, in the department of Vaucluse, on the border of Gard and Bouches-du-Rhône. It takes place on the left bank of the Rhone, near Nimes, Orange, Montpellier or even Arles.
The city of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for having welcomed the popes between 1309 and 1423, in parallel with the Roman popes. It changes its face in the course of the eighteenth century with more modern developments and the disappearance of many narrow medieval narrow streets. Today, Avignon is best known for its architectural heritage and its cultural influence throughout the world.
The town is one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts and its historical center which attract many tourists every year. Gastronomy, especially wine production, is also the success of Avignon.
The Popes' palace is an important place to visit while you are there. This fortress was the residence of the popes in the 14th century and is a magnificent Gothic palace split into two parts: the Old Palace and the New Palace.
The Doms rock, which is the very origin of the city, is a pleasant hilltop garden offering a beautiful view of the River Rhone and especially of the Saint-Bénezet bridge, better known as the Pont d'Avignon.
The Horloge square, with its plane trees and its café terraces, is a very pleasant and lively place, especially during the Avignon festival. The Teinturiers street is very picturesque and is great for a walk along the River Sorgue and its pretty paddle wheels.
In July, the famous Avignon "In" and "Off" festival, is a great moment with good entertainments. The "In" festival, which takes place in the main courtyard of the Popes' palace, is dedicated to plays, concerts and dance. The "Off " festival offers numerous shows in the whole city.
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