Avignon is renowned for its rich history and cultural heritage. The city′s most iconic landmark is the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), a grand medieval fortress and former residence of the popes during the 14th century. Visitors can wander through the narrow streets of the historic center, which is enclosed by well-preserved medieval ramparts. Avignon is also famous for its annual performing arts festival, the Festival d′Avignon, which attracts artists and theater enthusiasts from around the world. Additionally, the Pont d′Avignon (Bridge of Avignon), although now partially destroyed, remains a symbol of the city′s past glory and charm.