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Avignon, Palais des Papes depuis Tour Philippe le Bel by JM Rosier.jpg
Coat o airms o Avignon
Coat o airms
Kintra Fraunce
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Depairtment Vaucluse
Arrondissement Avignon
Intercommunality Grand Avignon
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Marie-Josée Roig (UMP)
Area1 64.78 km2 (25.01 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 94,787
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Time zone CET (GMT +1) (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 84007 /84000
Elevation 10–122 m (33–400 ft)
(avg. 23 m or 75 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population withoot dooble coontin: residents o multiple communes (e.g., students an militar personnel) anerly coontit ance.

Avignon (French pronunciation: [aviˈɲɔ̃]; Occitan: Avinhon in classical norm or Avignoun in Mistralian norm) is a French commune in sootheastren Fraunce in the depairtment o the Vaucluse bordered bi the left bank o the Rhône river. O the 94,787 inhabitants o the ceety on 1 Januar 2010, 12,000 live in the auncient toun centre surroondit bi its medieval ramparts.

Aften referred tae as the "Ceety o Papes" acause o the presence o papes an antipapes frae 1309 tae 1423 durin the Catholic schism, it is currently the lairgest ceety an caipital o the département o Vaucluse. This is ane o the few French ceeties tae hae preservit its ramparts, its historic centre, the palace o the popes, Rocher des Doms, an the brig o Avignon. It wis classifeed a Warld Heritage Steid bi UNESCO unner the criteria I, II an IV.

As a showcase o airts an cultur, the fame o its annual theatre festival, kent as the Festival o Avignon, haes far exceedit the French borders.

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