Avignon Cathedral (Avignon)

Avignon Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d'Avignon) is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and a national monument of France, located in Avignon, above the Palais des Papes. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Avignon. It was built on the Rocher des Doms and overlooks the Rhone valley. The bell tower is now crowned by a gilded statue of the Blessed Mary.

The earliest recorded mention of Notre-Dame des Doms cathedral dates from 1037. The current cathedral as we see it today was built in the 12th century in three successive phases. The belltower and nave, then the cupola, and lastly the portico. The cathedral was enlarged during the last two centuries of the Middle Ages, with the addition of side chapels. A new apse and tribunes were added in the late 17th century. There is a chapel with the tomb of Pope John XXII, and the church treasure of liturgical vestments and objects.

The cathedral is a Romanesque building, mainly of the 12th century, and underwent renovations in the 15th and 17th centuries. the most prominent feature of which is the gilded statue of the Virgin Mary which surmounts the western tower. Among the many works of art in the interior, perhaps the most beautiful is the mausoleum of Pope John XXII, a masterpiece of Gothic carving of the 14th century.

Inside, the cathedral contains the Flamboyant Gothic tombs of some of the Avignon popes. Like most of Avignon's churches, the cathedral was sacked during the Revolution. From the cathedral, enter the promenade du Rocher-des-Doms to stroll through its garden and enjoy the view across the Rhône to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.

 

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