Think twice if you thought that the pope seat’s has always been in Vatican City.
Between 1309 and 1377, the papal seat moved to Avignon. Today we can visit the shell of what was, having served many an institutional use in the years since they left before becoming a museum.
There are many vast empty spaces inside today, plus some wonderful murals.
Avignon is also a wonderful two for a weekend break. We took a walk around the quiet streets and admired some of the waterwheels that still exist on rue des Teinturiers, from the town’s historic silk industry. Read more about that here.
When visited: September 2015