Free things to do in Avignon – Stroll through Rocher des Doms

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If you’re looking for a nice way to spend an hour while in Avignon, stroll through Rocher des Doms.  This cool, quiet, and shady public park – located on the ‘Rock of the Doms’, a promontory alongside the Cathedral des Doms – has been a popular spot for a stroll since the 18th century (though the landscaping was added in the 19h century)

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and offers visitors a great view of the Rhône River,

View of Rampart Rocher des Doms Avignon France

the historic city ramparts, and Bridge of Avignon.  

Steps to Park Rocher des Doms Avignon France

As you make your way along the pathways, stairways, and medieval ramparts, past iron gates and arched entryways, you’ll see:

Numerous statues of prominent personalities, such as:

Statue of Jean Paul Marie Sain Rocher des Doms Avignon France

Local portraitist and landscape artist Jean-Paul Marie Saïn,

Statue of Felix Gras Rocher des Doms Avignon France

Poet Félix Gras,

Statue of Jean Althen Rocher des Doms Avignon France

Armenian agronomist Jean Althen,

Statue of Paul Vayson Rocher des Doms Avignon France

Naturalist painter and engraver Paul Vayson, and 

Statue of Joan of Arc Rocher des Doms Avignon France

Saint Joan of Arc.

Other sculptural works and water features include:

War Memorial Rocher des Doms Avignon France

A war memorial; 

Analemmatic Sundial Rocher des Doms Avignon France

An analemmatic (human shadow-casting) sundial;

Swan Fountain Rocher des Doms Avignon France

A swan fountain;

Grotto and Fountain Rocher des Doms Avignon France

A stone grotto and small pond that serves as a nesting area for geese;

Pond Rocher des Doms Avignon France

and a larger pond that is home to several more water fowl and features a fountain topped by “The Farewell of a Swallow” L’adieux d’une hirondelle, a bronze Venus rising from the water. It’s said that the nudity of this statue, created by French sculptor Felix Charpentier, caused quite a stir in the late 19th century, resulting in it being moved here from its previous location at Place Carnot on the other side of the Pope’s Palace.

Getting there:

Rocher des Doms is located at 2 Montée des Moulins, adjacent to the Cathedral des Doms.  

Ticket info:

Free

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