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    The Tapestries of Jean Lurçat

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Mus��e Jean Lurcat

    This is a picture of a tiled wall outside the Musée Jean Lurcat, which gives only a small idea of how amazing the tapestries of Le Chant du Monde are. These tapestries were created with the support of the city of Angers in 1957 as modern response to the Apocalypse Tapestry in the chateau. The museum is housed in the Hopital St-Jean, founded in 1174 as a hospital for the poor.

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    Galerie David d'Angers

    by Mikebond Updated Dec 3, 2005

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    The Galerie David d'Angers, located in a deconsacrated church, shows scupltures by the Angevin artist David d'Angers (1788-1856). Although they are very beautiful, the author simply copied them from originals. These photos depict:
    1) Johann Gänsfleisch, better known as Gutenberg (circa 1390-1468), the inventor of movable pressing types;
    2) a scene from Le Cid, the most important masterpiece of French dramatist Pierre Corneille's (1606-1684);
    3) a scene from Tartuffe by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, alias Molière (circa 1622-1673);
    4) maybe Charlemagne (Charles the Great, 742/747-814), king of the Franks;
    5) maybe Gavroche, a character of Victor Hugo's novel Les misérables.
    I would be happy if you could help me identify better these two photos.

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    Jardin des plantes

    by Mikebond Updated Dec 3, 2005

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    The jardin des plantes ("botanical garden") is the largest and the wildest park in Angers. There is even a pond with swans, as you see from this photo. For more pictures, see my travelogue.

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    Bouvet Ladubay

    by TimDaoust Written May 5, 2005

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    Bottling at Bouvet

    Bouvet Ladubay makes sparkling wine in the Loire region. They have red, white and rose varieties. The same day we visited Rochemenier and Fontevraud Abbey we came here to tour their eight kilometers of underground caves and taste their sparkling wines. The wines were excellent and the tour intriguing. I remember seeing huge crates where they held several bottles, but these crates were not still, they were on motorized pedestals that rotated them automatically after a few days so that the sediment never settled. I suppose this makes a better wine. Bouvet Ladubay is located near Angers in a town called St-Hilaire St-Florent and is close enough for a day trip by bus.

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    St. John's Hospital -- The Gardens

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    When you visit Musée Jean Lurçat to see Le Chant du Monde, don't miss the gardens. On addition to the gardens you will see much evidence that the hospital was spent almost 100 years as The Museum of Archaelogy as many bits and pieces are scattered around the grounds.

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    Hopital St-Jean -- The Cloister

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    The Cloister

    This is one of the last large hospitals built in the 12th century. It was used as a hospital until 1854. It nearly fell victim to urban renewal, but was designated a landmark in 1871 and became the archeology museum in 1874.
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    In 1957 it became the home of the Jean Lurçat tapestries as well as other tapestry-related exhibitions. It is well worth the effort of crossing the river from the chateau side of the Maine, not just for the tapestries, but for the building and its grounds.

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    Abbaye de Fontevraud

    by TimDaoust Updated Jan 28, 2005

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    Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

    The Abbay de Fontevraud has a very long history that begins in the 11th century with man named Robert d'Abrissel who came to Anjou to live as a hermit and gathered followers and eventually the blessing of a pope and somehow through quite a long story ends in Henry Plantagenet his son, daughter and wife Eleanor of Aquitaine being buried here along with other members of the royal family. Four statues, three of stone, one of wood, of the four are preserved in the Abbey and can be seen today. The architecture itself is incredible. This is but one picture of the abbey a friend of mine took. They were remodeling when we came to see but we were still able to have a French tour of the whole abbey and the grounds outside. Worth the trip from Angers, it was about a half hour or forty five minute bus ride, I can't remember.

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    Domaine de Bablut

    by TimDaoust Written Jan 28, 2005

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    Domaine de Bablut

    This was one of our excursions during the month I studied there. It is outside of Angers a little ways and the French countryside surrounding it is just beautiful. We were given a guided tour from a French guy who mumbled a lot and was hard to follow and a wine tasting at the end. I remember a few things from the tour that we learned about the wines, mostly things like a cabernet can age up to 20 years and most white wines will only age 5 years or less. Also, we were given a chance to listen to the inside of a barrel of wine as the fermentation process was going on. You could hear a bubbling noise coming from inside the barrel. It was pretty neat. The wine tasting was of course the best part. They are closed on Sundays.

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    Medieval Quarter

    by TimDaoust Written Jan 20, 2005

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    Julie, Katy, LeAnn, Cathy, Dave

    Between the Chateau D'Angers and The St. Maurice Cathedral you will find narrow cobble stone roads and old buildings that make up the medieval quarter of Angers. This shot was taken up against one of the houses in this maze of cobblestone roads. We all thought the plant life growing up the wall was neat and figured the owner of this house wouldn't mind us posing for a picture.

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    Chateau du Plessis-Bourre

    by shrimp56 Written Nov 16, 2003

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    Chateau du Plessis-Bourre

    15 km north of Angers near the small town of Ecuille is this 15th century, privately owned chateau. We had just missed one of the infrequent tours, but for 3 euro I was able to wander the grounds a bit on a rather rainy day [see the travelogue for proof!] -- even with that limited a view, it was worth the time and a nice foil to the more fortress-like Chateau d'Angers.

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    Théâtre

    by Mikebond Written Dec 8, 2005

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    This is the theatre of Angers. I just photographed it because it's a beautiful building, but I didn't go to any performance.

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    Tour Saint-Aubin

    by Mikebond Updated Dec 3, 2005

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    Tour Saint-Aubin

    The tour Saint-Aubin dates back to the 12th century and belonged to the homonymous abbey, that was destroyed.

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    More Chateau Plessis-Bourre

    by shrimp56 Written Apr 2, 2005

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    Old Stones in Angers

    by shrimp56 Written Apr 2, 2005

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