Château de Mérindol, Avignon

Sleeps 20

A luxury rental château for 20 near Avignon, Provence, South of France.

Château de Mérindol is a luxurious private rental property within 10 minutes' drive of the historic city of Avignon. With 10 spacious and very well-equipped en-suite bedrooms (plus a nanny room), this château in Provence can sleep up to 20 guests in the highest comfort. Each bedroom features air conditioning, a king-size bed (180 cm) that can be divided into 2 separate single beds on request, and a flatscreen TV with a DVD player.

Built in the 14th century, it used to serve as a residence for bishops at the Papal Palace at Avignon's world-renowned Palais des Papes. Fully restored to its former glory in the 19th century, the Château enjoys beautiful, tailored grounds as well as a large 14 x 7 m heated swimming pool.

Château de Mérindol is an ideally located luxury vacation rental for exploring the Roman ruins spread around the area, with such unique sites as the Pont du Gard, the famous arenas of Nîmes, Arles and Orange and the ruins of Glanum at St-Rémy-de-Provence all less than an hour away.

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Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence, South of France.

Avignon is one of the three main cities in Provence, along with Marseille and Aix-en-Provence; it became even more important city of Provence after 1308 when the Popes moved to Avignon.This radical move would prove a major influence and boost to the city.


In 1308 Pope Clement V, a Frenchman, announced that the new home of the papacy was to be in Avignon. Avignon was a small town of 5,000 people and it on the borders of the only territory owned by the papacy to lie outside Italy so it was safe from the political problems. It was also on the border of France, who since the Pope was French, the French King was very powerful ally.Soon Avignon would grow larger than Romae, and become one of the wealthiest and most glittering cities of Europe. The city dripped gold and jewels, full of glamour. To many people, most notably the Italian Petrarch, Avignon symbolized gredd, nepotism, corruption, abuse of power, and outrageous moral laxity.
Avignon had 7 successive popes, each one totally different from his predecessor and successor.



Avignon as we see it is essentially the same medieval city built by the Popes. The only major change is the construction of the Rue de la Republique along with the train station around 1850.The most iconic symbol of Avignon is the ramparts, the current ones built in 1358.





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