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.

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Avignon is located in Fraunce
Location within Provence-A.-C.d'A. region
Avignon is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°57′00″N 4°49′01″E / 43.95°N 4.817°E / 43.95; 4.817Coordinates: 43°57′00″N 4°49′01″E / 43.95°N 4.817°E / 43.95; 4.817
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
IntercommunalityGrand Avignon
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Marie-Josée Roig (UMP)
64.78 km2 (25.01 sq mi)
 • Density1,500/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET (GMT +1))
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
84007 /84000
Elevation10–122 m (33–400 ft)
(avg. 23 m or 75 ft)
1 French Laund Register data, that excludes lochs, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) an river estuaries. 2 Population withoot dooble coontin: residents o multiple communes (e.g., students an militar personnel) anerly coontit ance.

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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