Avignon - France-day 2A
Avignon, a city in southeastern Provence region of France, is set on the RhÃ´ne River. From 1309 to 1377, it was the seat of the Catholic popes. It remained under papal rule until becoming part of France in 1791. This legacy can be seen in the massive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace) in the city center, which is surrounded by medieval stone ramparts. Avignon is the main city of the dÃ©partement of Vaucluse, and is on the banks of the RhÃ´ne river. Avignon was one of the European Cities of Culture in 2000.