Resting alongside the Rhone River about 60 mi/97 km northwest of Marseille, the Provencal city of Avignon is known as the city of the popes—Pope Clement V moved the papal court to Avignon from Rome in 1309 and Pope Benedict XII commissioned the construction of the Palais des Papes, the papal palace. Work on the construction was continued under Pope Clement VI and was completed in 1363.
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