Artist: René-Jacques & Ed Delmas
Print: Offset lithography (Print by Draeger. IMP)
Dimensions: 24.4 x 38.6 in (62 x 98 cm)
Condition: Overall good condition - signs of light handling and a few minor spots in the bottom - please see pictures.
A very nice shot of the French city of Avignon with a view of the Palace of the Popes by the infamous Rhône river.
Legend has it that Avignon became bishop town very early - possibly around 70 AD and has ever since been in important center of church power. The city also hosted several popes from 1309 to 1377 a period which is referred to as the "Babylonian captivity". The papal court was marked by corruption and a lifestyle that was more hilarious than the one waiting by popes.
The Palace of the Popes along with the Gothic Cathedral Avignon Cathedral dates back to the 1100s and is one of the largest buildings of the European Middle Ages. The walls of the palace are more than 5 meters thick, and is situated on a natural cliff that makes it difficult to attack. Walls built by the popes in the years before 1348 are very well preserved.
After the French revolution in 1789, the palace was used as military barracks for many years but today the entire area is a museum and declared a UNESCO heritage site.
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