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“PROTECTION FROM LUNACY”
Review of Fort Saint-Andre

Fort Saint-Andre
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Owner description: Built to affirm the hegemony of the Capetian monarchy over its neighbours in Avignon the Fort of Saint-André, which is very well preserved, exemplifies the degree of perfection attained by military architecture of the 14th century. Dominating the Charterhouse of Villeneuve-lez-Avignon it can be considered as an outstanding monument. Open:> 1st April to 15th May: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.> 16th May to 15th September: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 16th to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 40 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
New York City, New York
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“PROTECTION FROM LUNACY”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

Hard to believe people actually fought and died over who was the real Pope but this is the heart of the home of the 100 years of the "French Pope".

Visited April 2014
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“Villanueve les Avignon”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We have just enjoyed a truly memorable afternoon visiting Fort Saint Andre and the village itself. We are staying in Avignon and, Having admired the view of Villanueve les Avignon from across the Rhone, we investigated taking a bus over to the village, however, perhaps because it's Sunday, we couldn't seem to quite catch on to when to expect a bus to come along, so decided to take the easy option and called for a taxi which cost about 13 EU each way. You could walk each way depending on time and inclination!!! The Fort is a must see and apparently free on Sundays and surprisingly, doesn't seem to be justly promoted. It is an uphill walk up to the fort and not wheel chair or stroller friendly once there
After spending 2 or 3 hours of investigating,We enjoyed the surprise bonus of wandering into a little square where we enjoyed a drink while listening to a live musician and a very smooth vocalist singing easy-listening Frank Sinatra to an appreciative Sunday afternoon audience of no more than about 25 people. What a treat.

Visited May 2014
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London
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“Great ruin, better signage required for international visitors”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Well worth a visit this is a superbly maintained fortress with brilliant views. But not all your visitors are from France! His site nes to follow the example of the Chatreuse and have more in-depth information in multiple languages. And closing for lunch - really? So last century!

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit from Avignon”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

The fort is opposite the historic town of Avignon in the rival town of Villeneuve-lez-Avignon (not really a “new” town as it was built by the royals in medieval times to combat increasing papal power opposite). The fort can be visited by walking across from Avignon over 2 bridges, past the tower of Philippe le Bel (interesting in itself) and up the hill- this all takes about 40 minutes of solid walking. The walk will takes you through the Jardins Pompidou and the medieval town of Villeneuve but it is a steep climb at the end. Alternatively you can take the bus (number 5, cost 1.30 euros each way), but will still need to finish with a steep climb. The fort is only open in the afternoons out of season after 2 pm. It is not busy inside (we were the only people) nor is it expensive (the Avignon PASS applies here too). The site is interesting but has little information, which would have been helpful- the folded pamphlet gave little info beyond a very small map and some basic information which children would be happy with. The castle has amazing views and is in a good state meaning you can see a lot of structures. The wall walk is particularly nice. No food or drink is available on site and the town is a good 5 minutes steep climb so take your own water!

Visited March 2014
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Linz, Austria
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“A fantastic place but needs more documentation”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

First of all, Villeneuve is a relatively undiscovered jewel in this area. The town square is lovely and you can feel a certain French quality of life in the place. A must if you want to escape the crowds over the river.

My four year old son and I really enjoyed exploring the fort - a steep climb up but manageable for my boy. What is lacking are enough information posters around to give the visitor enough context about the significance of the building. The views are, as you might expect, superb.

Visited February 2014
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