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"The Old Tower That Won't be Toppled!"

This famous tower (all 60 metres of it) still watches proudly over Villeneuve in defiance of neighbor and rival Avignon. Built at the end of the 13th century, it stands on the Villeneuve side of St Bénezet bridge, which then had 22 arches and spanned Barthelasse Island. The bridge was much used by popes and cardinals to get to their summer residences; however Louis XIII and then Philippe le Bel (who cared little about maintaining friendly relations with the papal court) had this fortress built to control access to the bridge - causing endless political wrangling with the Provençal nobility! Thankfully still intact, the tower offers an unparalleled view over the surrounding area.
31 Avenue Gabriel-Péri, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, France, 30400
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"The Old Tower That Won't be Toppled!"
This famous tower (all 60 metres of it) still watches proudly over Villeneuve in defiance of neighbor and rival Avignon. Built at the end of the 13th century, it stands on the Villeneuve side of St Bénezet bridge, which then had 22 arches and spanned Barthelasse Island. The bridge was much used by popes and cardinals to get to their summer residences; however Louis XIII and then Philippe le Bel (who cared little about maintaining friendly relations with the papal court) had this fortress built to control access to the bridge - causing endless political wrangling with the Provençal nobility! Thankfully still intact, the tower offers an unparalleled view over the surrounding area.
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