History of Popes
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In making Avignon their land of refuge, the Popes irrevocably marked the entire region with lasting influence. From Avignon to Roquemaure, a shared destiny.

The presence of the popes forever fashioned this area. From the historic, cultural, architectural and artistic vantage points, the popes left lasting heritage. By making Avignon their place of residence for 70 years, the Popes wrought a change in destiny for the entire region. Avignon has of course the deepest roots however outlying towns also have their pages of Papal history. Villeneuve-les-Avignon rapidly became a place of choice for the Papal court to live. Villeneuve-les-Avignon has no less than fifteen cardinals’ homes and gardens. In Le Pontet, the former cardinal’s palace Château de Fargues, also has deep roots. And what about Sorgues, which, 18 years before Avignon, had its very own Palace of the Popes? And on the banks of the Rhône, the wines produced in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and in Roquemaure continue to fulfil the destiny of this area that is so blessed by nature.

Fort of Saint-André and Saint-André Abbey

Have you noticed how the majestic Fort Saint-André seems to look disdainfully at Avignon from across the Rhône?


The Charterhouse (Chartreuse) in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon is much more than a richly historical place. It may well be one of the calmest, most peaceful places in the region.


The history of Château de Fargues in Le Pontet is directly related to the history of the Popes in Avignon.

Wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape is divine nectar that is internationally renowned, and its origins go back to the Popes in Avignon.