Due to Google Maps' latest image update (see post below) we can now bring you a view of the amazing Palais des Papes in Avignon. The Palais is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe.
Avignon became the residence of the Popes in 1309, when the Gascon Bertrand de Goth, as Pope Clement V, unwilling to face the violent chaos of Rome after his election (1305), moved the Papal Curia to Avignon. Clement lived as a guest in the Dominican monastery at Avignon, and his successor Pope John XXII set up a magnificent establishment there, but the reconstruction of the old bishops' palace was begun in earnest by Pope Benedict XII (1334-42) and continued by his successors to 1364.
View a video of the Palais des Papes on Google Maps