11 Facts About Avignon


Avignon is the prefecture of the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region of Southeastern France.

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Region around Avignon is very rich in limestone which is used for building material.

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Avignon has a hot-summer mediterranean climate, though the dry-summer effect is not as strong as coastal locations like Marseille due to its more sheltered inland location.

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Avignon is the prefecture of Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur region.

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Avignon absorbed Montfavet between 1790 and 1794 then ceded Morieres-les-Avignon in 1870 and Le Pontet in 1925.

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River traffic in Avignon has two commercial ports, docking stations for boat cruises, and various riverfront developments.

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Transports en Commun de la Region d'Avignon is the public transport operator for the commune of Avignon and its surrounding suburbs.

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Avignon has a very large number of sites and buildings that are registered as historical monuments.

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Medieval University of Avignon, formed from the existing schools of the city, was formally constituted in 1303 by Boniface VIII in a Papal Bull.

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The bishop of Avignon was chancellor of the university from 1303 to 1475.

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Since the Pope was the spiritual head and, after 1348, the temporal ruler of Avignon, he was able to have a great deal of influence in all university affairs.

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