Villeneuve-lès-Avignon attractions

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Abbaye et Jardins de l’Abbaye

The resplendent vaulted halls of this 10th-century abbey, within Fort St-André, can only be visited by guided tour. The stunning terrace gardens, however – built atop the abbey vaults and classed among France's top …
Fort in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Fort St-André

King Philip the Fair (aka Philippe le Bel) wasn’t messing around when he built defensive 14th-century Fort St-André on the then border between France and the Holy Roman Empire: the walls are 2m thick! Today you can …
Monastery in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction

Shaded from the summer's heat, the three cloisters, 24 cells, church, chapels and nook-and-cranny gardens of the Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction make up France's biggest Carthusian monastery, founded in 1352 by Pop…
Museum in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Musée Pierre de Luxembourg

Inside a 17th-century mansion, this museum's masterwork is Enguerrand Quarton’s The Crowning of the Virgin (1453), in which angels wrest souls from purgatory. Rounding out the collection are 16th- to 18th-century pa…
Landmark in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Tour Philippe-le-Bel

King Philip commissioned the Tour Philippe-le-Bel, 500m outside Villeneuve, to control traffic over Pont St-Bénézet to and from Avignon. The steep steps spiralling to the top reward climbers with stunning river view…