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In the heart of the Loire Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Angers has been ranked as the most pleasant city in France in 2022! With its rich heritage, quality of life and art of living, you will enjoy discovering its charming castles, its fine gastronomy and its magnificent vineyards!
- Perched at the top of a long series of steps, the 12th/13th century Cathedral of Saint-Maurice. Along with the Castle, it is the most visited monument in Angers. Its architecture marks the birth of the Gothic style. Its stained glass windows are also a not to be missed! It’s a must-do!
- The Castle of Angers was built in the 13th century. This fortress with 17 towers stands in the heart of the city of Angers and overlooks the river Maine. Cross the drawbridge, cross the moat and immerse yourself in a medieval atmosphere. It is the castle of King René (René I of Naples). You will discover a breathtaking view of the city. Inside the Château is the residence of the Dukes of Anjou, with buildings from the Gothic period, gardens and even a few vines. Inside the castle, you can see the largest preserved medieval tapestry (over 100 metres): the Apocalypse hanging.
- The Hanging of the Apocalypse: made in the 14th century, it illustrates the texts of the Apocalypse written by Saint John at the end of the 1st century. Divided into 6 pieces, it forms a 100 metre tapestry. On display at the Château d’Angers, it is well worth a look.
- The Angers Museum of Fine Arts: it is housed in the Logis Barrault, a building constructed between 1486 and 1493, then transformed and extended to accommodate the major seminary at the end of the 17th century. The building was renovated and extended between 1999 and 2004 to provide 3,000 m2 of exhibition space, plus an auditorium, a graphic arts room, 1,000 m2 of storage space and a 550 m2 temporary exhibition room. It offers two routes dedicated respectively to the fine arts and the history of Angers.
- The David d’Angers gallery: this is an unique place, built on the remains of an abbey and topped by a glass roof. The gallery houses original plaster casts of huge sculptures. It’s really worth the visit!
- The Jean-Lurçat and Contemporary Tapestry Museum. An exceptional work to discover: the Chant du Monde, the artist’s contemporary response to the Apocalypse Hanging, which is exhibited in the sick room of the former St John’s Hospital dating from the 12th century.
- Le Carré Cointreau: one brand, one world! The visit to the brewery is rounded off with a tasting of the famous orange peel liqueur.
- The Terra Botanica park: the first European park dedicated to the plant world. 110,000m2 of gardens, greenhouses and buildings, with 40 attractions and activities for all ages.
For more information: www.tourisme.destination-angers.com
THE SURROUNDING AREA OF ANGERS
– Béhuard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, about 20 km south of Angers: the only town on the Loire to be built on an island! (Doc to download)
– Châteaux of the Loire Valley with a soul: Brissac, le Plessis-Macé, Serrant…
– The Anjou vineyards: 30 appellations d’Origine Contrôlée, including Coteaux de l’Aubance, Savennières, Anjou Village Brissac and Coteaux du Layon are to be enjoyed all year round!