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Archbishops Palace

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The Archbishop Palace in Narbonne is the second largest ecclesiastic building complex in France after the Pope's residence in Avignon.
The complex includes the Old Palace "Palais Vieux" that was built between 13th and the 14th centuries and comprises The Gilles Aycelin Dungeon, and the Saint Martial and Madeleine Towers and the New Palace of Gothic style that was built in the 14th century - by successive Archbishops - but overhauled in the 17th and the 18th centuries.
The Archbishop Palace house now the Archeology Museum, the Museum of Arts and History and the City Hall of Narbonne.
The Gilles Aycelin Tower is the highest of the 3 tower that make the Palace.
It was built between 1295 and 1306 by Archbishop Gilles Aycelin (1290-1311). The Tower that is 42 meter high, 4 storeys and has at its top - accessible via a stairway of 162 stairs - 3 octagonal watchtowers and one above the staircase and a platform that offers a beautiful panorama of the city of Narbonne.
It also houses at its second level, in the so called "King's Room" due to the fact that the Kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV sojourned there, the Art Museum.

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Address:Palais des Archeveques, Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 11108 Narbonne
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Visiting Hours:November 1st to March 31: every day except Tuesdays from 2pm to 5pm
April 1 to July 14th every day except Tuesdays from 10am to 12 pm and from 2pm to 5 pm
July 15 to October 31 every day from 10 am to 1pm and from 2:30 pm to 6 pm


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