France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   What to See & Do in Angers, France
Prime sight in Angers is the mighty Château d'Angers, a massive medieval fortress with a long history and, within it, the priceless Tapestry of the Apocalypse.

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Château d'Angers

The historic center of Angers is dominated by the great Château d'Angers, a medieval fortress supported by 17 towers and surrounded by a moat.

To see the château and the city from a bird's-eye view, follow the chemin de Rond along the ramparts of the fortress.

Tapestry of the Apocalypse

Within the fortress, now a museum, is the Tenture de l'Apocalypse, the 104-meter-long Tapestry of the Apocalypse completed in 1382, depicting scenes from the Bible's Book of Revelations. It's even longer than the famed Bayeux Tapestry. More...

Tapestry of the Apocalypse, Château d'Angers, Angers, Loire, France
The astonishing Tapestry of the Apocalypse
in the Château d'Angers, Angers, Loire, France.


Cathédrale Saint-Maurice- d'Angers

Angers was the power-center of the Counts of Anjou, who beautified their capital city with the Cathédrale Saint-Maurice-d'Angers, an early Plantagenet Gothic building with a 12th-century main portal and stained glass dating from the 1100s to 1500s The organ dates from 1758. The grand cascade of steps in the front leading down to the river Maine is the Montée St-Maurice.

Maison d'Adam

Behind the cathedral on the Place Sainte-Croix is the well-preserved Maison d'Adam, a half-timbered town house dating from the early 1500s decorated with delightful, comical, baudy carved wooden sculptures. Plan to take a little time to examine the surprising variety of creatures and poses, and imagine how people 500 years ago would have seen them.

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Angers's main art museum collections are preserved in several buildings of different eras assembled around a historic courtyard:

Logis Barrault

The Logis Barrault (1493), a medieval banker's mansion that sheltered kings and princes as guests and was later used as a theological seminary, now holds the museum's fine collection of works, especially paintings by English, French, German and Italian artists dating from the 1300s to 2000s.

David d'Angers Gallery

The David d'Angers Gallery in the once-ruined but now renovated former Toussaint abbey church holds the works of Pierre-Jean David (1788-1856), a sculptor whose works grace many French public monuments including Paris's Panthéon.

Musée Jean-Lurçat

The 12th-century Hôpital Saint-Jean and its former 17th-century orphanage hold Le Chant du Monde, the monumental modern tapestry by Jean Lurçat finished in 1966, and other works of tapestry and ceramics.

Musée-Château de Villevêcque

A castle dating from the 12th century, later converted to a luxury mansion, holds art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissaince collected by Daniel Duclaux and Marie Dickson-Duclaux.

Musée Pincé

Another mansion, located in the center of Angers and dating from 1535, houses the collections assembled by artist Lancelot-Théodore Turpin de Crissé, including ancient Greek vases, Pharaonic Egyptian works, and fine objects from China and Japan.


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Château d'Angers, Angers, Loire, France

Château d'Angers.


   
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