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Day 5 Orange - Avignon - Barcelona (455 Km.)

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Tignes - Orange - Avignon


 

Orange: It is a small and pleasant town. Was settled in Roman times and was founded by the bishop in the fourth century. He later became a place of welcome for the Protestants, so the city has been the protagonist of important historical eras, and so are the vestiges of art which preserves such as the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth the twelfth century, which has been restored several times.

Orange - Roman theatre
Orange - Roman theatre

The Théatre Antique, is considered one of the best preserved theaters in the Roman world and is recognized as World Heritage by Unesco. It is the only theater that holds the original imperial statue of Caesar Augustus, that in this case is located in the middle of the stage. After the theater is the Parc de la Colline St-Europe, a huge garden where you can see the theater. Another interesting monument is the Arc de Triomphe, a large central arch flanked by two smaller ones with decorations based on sizes that represent battles.

Orange - Roman triumphal Arch
Orange - Roman triumphal Arch

(in 30 Km.) Avignon: Former seat of the Popes migrants corruption in Rome, proudly displays its Papal Palace, which dazzles with its architecture and restless with his bare interior. During the time of its use, the luxurious splendor characteristic of the popes was present. However, in the heat of the French Revolution was intense and dismantling the famed desert palace was inside with an air of austerity, far from its beginnings.

Avignon - Palais des Papes
Avignon - Palais des Papes (Papal palace)

The city center, like many of his era, is covered by small streets and surrounded by lovely tall towers. The Cathedral, Gothic-style houses the tomb of John XII,; saint behind the building is located a beautiful garden and half the Saint Bénezet bridge, built across the Rhône (the Pont d´Avignon).

Avignon - Pont d'Avignon
Avignon - Pont d´Avignon (Avignon Bridge)

The Petit Palais was the residence of cardinals and bishops, is now a museum with works by Boticelli and Italian schools of Venice, Florence and Switzerland. The Palais Veux is an example of a more austere religious style, a product of the XIII Pope Benedictine Cistercian order, as the Nouveau Palais, built by Clement IV, shows a more free style, luxurious and heavy. Finally, the Lapidary Museum is presenting an archaeological remains of the works in the area, especially Romans.

Avignon - Saint André Fort
Avignon - Saint André Fort

(in 425 Km.) Barcelona: At mid afternoon we will return by motorway to home.


 

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