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- Villeneuve lez Avignon - Faced with Avignon and its famous bridge, overlooking the Rhone valley rich, Villeneuve lez Avignon, by virtue of its historic, its location and its douceur de vivre, the ideal base for trips to Provence and Languedoc. Called bourg Saint André, which owes its origin to the Abbey Saint André founded in the 6th century on the Mont Andaon. The king Philippe le Bel gave orders to construct a forteress to command the bridge of Saint Bénézet of Avignon., connecting the kingdom to the empire. Villeneuve became the residence of popes, cardinals and prelates of the Papal Court, who built "Livrées" and founded convents and churches. In 1333 Cardinal Arnaud de Via established the Collegiale Church of Notre Dame. In 1356 the Cardinal Etienne Aubert elected Pope in Avignon and taking the name of Innocent VI. His palace became a monastery, Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction. Here we see an old staircase in the historic district of the city.

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