Adventurer's Index, France, Galleries Avignon: City of Pageantry & Popes in Ancient Times Posted on March 12, 2014March 7, 2018Author Slowlanefrance We will also visit the Palace of the Popes. lived here throughout most of the 14th Century. Though largely empty of artwork or furnishings today, the Palace of the Popes remains a major draw for tourists visiting Avignon. The gracious city sits on the banks of the Rhone River. It’s possible to climb high up on the palace’s ramparts, looking down on the people below Much of the religious art of the period in which popes lived here is housed nearby in the Petit Palace Museum. With wide avenues and spacious squares, Avignon is a center of the arts and music, and a city of plentiful parks.