Indeed King Philip the Fair and John the Good, kings of France, were determined to assert their power with respect to the Popes in Avignon! Crowning the hilltop of Mont Andaon, overlooking Villeneuve, the fort, symbol of royal power, was built in the 1360’s.The impressive fortress housed a permanent garrison, a court of law and a prison, scratched with graffiti from the prisoners it held in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Soldiers occupied the site up until 1792. Today it is open to visitors, and from the fort you have magnificent views of Avignon and a breath-taking panorama taking in Mont Ventoux, the Alpilles and the Luberon.
Pratical information :
Open every day :
- 2 January to 31 May : 10 am to 1 and from 2 to 5 pm.
- 1st June to 30 September : 10 am to 6 pm.
- 1st October to 31 December: 10 am to 1 and from 2 to 5 pm.
Don’t miss the Saint-André abbey and its notable garden during your stay.