A little history of Monnaies townhouse in Avignon
Raised in 1619 by Jean-François de Bagni, pope Paul V’s legate, the house was transformed into barracks, then into city hall. But, unfortunately the house was sold in 2009 and converted into a luxurious hotel...
Meanwhile, let’s have a look on the façade! Look at this: we see Bagni family’s coat of arms, eagles and dragons.
A marble plaque says: PAULUS V PONT(IFEX) OPT(IMUS) MAX(IMUS) HAS AEDES AURO ARGENTO AERE FLANDO FERIUNDO AD URBIS DECOREM EREXIT ORNAVITQUE CURANTE IO(HANNES) FRANC(ISCUS) A BALNEO ARCH. PATRAC(ENSIS) VICELEG(ATUS) AVEN ANNO MDCXIX.
Which means "Pope Paul V raised this building to mint coins and to decorate the city. Jean-François de Bagni, archbishop of Patras and legate of the city, 1616."