Place du Palais

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Avignon , France
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This impressive vast square surrounding Palais des Papes provides knockout photo opps. On top of the Romanesque 17th-century cathedral stands a golden statue of the Virgin Mary (weighing 4.5 tonnes), while next to the cathedral, the hilltop Rocher des Doms gardens provide great views of the Rhône, Mont Ventoux and Les Alpilles. Opposite the palace is the 17th-century Hôtel des Monnaies , once the papal mint, and festooned with elaborate carvings and heraldic beasts.