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    Church Saint Laud

    by gwened Written Feb 18, 2015

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    an impressive Church facing diagonally the castle of Angers, this is Saint Laud at 4 Rue Marceau, 49100 Angers
    parrish site here in French
    http://catholique-angers.cef.fr/Saint-Laud

    It would be Worth seeing Inside, we had no time for more .... However, here is a bit of history I like

    The Church Saint-Laud indirectly owes its existence to the Norman invasions. The remains of the blessed Laud (or Lo), Bishop of Coutances in the 6C, are brought to Angers to protect them from the invaders. In 1234, King Saint Louis wants to enlarge its citadel. He transferred the canons and their relics in the small church parish «Saint-Germain in Saint-Laud", to the current Court Saint-Laud in Angers. Poor, located outside the ramparts, this sanctuary will be looted many times. However, it is famous because it keeps reported splintering of holy land. These chips are told, are fragments of the true cross of Christ.

    The revolution, the reliquary is broken, ruined Church. The place of worship of the parish will now be the chapel of the Recollets, at the current location of the Church. In 1869, it was destroyed to be replaced by the current building dedicated in 1876. The Church Saint-Laud is of poitevin Romanesque style. In May 1944, two bombs will come the bruise: twenty-eight dead, vaults collapsed, altar, furnishings and organ destroyed. It will be made to worship only in 1954. One of the curiosities of the Church is the statue of our Lady of the Salve, offered by the Royal family towards the end of the 13C: Marie is tramples Eve who crunches the Apple.

    nice Angevin history indeed. more of its history is told in French at the parrish site in contact here.

    Church of Saint Laud side of Saint Laud
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    Museum Hotel Pincé

    by gwened Written Feb 18, 2015

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    A wonderful museum and great architecture still Under renovation but Worth telling you to wait for it to open as it will be Worth it. It is at 14 Rue du Musée, and rue lenepveau, 49100 Angers

    Other than the museum page of Angers, the city has more in French
    http://www.angers.fr/vie-pratique/culture/la-politique-culturelle/angers-ville-d-art-et-d-histoire/ressources/fiches-patrimoine/laissez-vous-conter-l-hotel-de-pince/index.html

    It is a building in the Renaissance style built between 1525 and 1535, upon the demands of the mayor of Angers Jean de Pincé.

    In 1889, the Museum is open to the public. It focuses on Greek, Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian Antiquities as well as Chinese and Japanese art.

    The Hotel Pincé Museum, today, within its walls, a rich collection of arts, called the "Museum gripper". The visitor discovers the richness and beauty of civilizations: Greek, Roman and Egyptian Antiquities Japanese art and Chinese art. (Japanese prints, Chinese bronzes and ceramics). It is managed by the city of Angers and the city's museums service specifically. THE MUSEUM IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED FOR WORKS NO DATE GIVEN.

    The Museum presents a panel of ancient and Oriental works of art to the public:
    ceramics, glassware and bronze Greek and Roman;
    representations of Egyptian gods, funeral rites, hieroglyphs and daily life;
    bronzes, ceramics, prints, lacquers, porcelains and Japanese Theater masks;
    bronzes, ceramics, glass and fabrics of Chinese art.
    Temporary exhibitions were held regularly.

    parvis hotel Pinc�� museum side of hotel Pinc�� panel outside with history on the building
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    Collégiale Saint Martin

    by gwened Written Feb 18, 2015

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    a wonderful place of wonderful shows, exhibits and expositions today as the collegiale Saint Martin.
    23 Rue Saint-Martin, 49000 Angers. You can have individual visits for 3€, and help discover the enigma of Abbey Frémond

    You have several areas to visit such as the Sacristy.
    This sacristy built in the 18C hosts a permanent Museum on the history of the site. Explanatory panels and touch models illustrate the architectural evolution of the place. Many objects during archaeological excavations (capitals, barrier of choir, altar decoration, tiles of paving Terra cotta...) to imagine the richness of the decoration of the Church throughout the middle ages.

    The archaeological crypt reveals traces of occupation of the place in ancient times and the remains of the first religious buildings, which nothing appears today above the ground level. On the other hand, at the end of several campaigns of excavations, the presentation in a suitable space of the vestiges of the original masonry to follow the evolution of Saint-Martin. The churches that have followed contained burials in sarcophagi of limestone, or formwork of slate, testifying to their funerary role. The still visible graves belong to two major phases of burial.

    The chapel of the angels finds Gothic construction campaign in Saint Martin and retains a beautiful set of medieval decorations. Today, this space highlights the funerary role of the Saint-Martin Church in the middle ages. In recent excavations, archaeologists have discovered many tombs, whose two representative examples are presented: a limestone sarcophagus and a formwork schist with epitaph.

    The statuary has at the collégiale Saint-Martin hosts an outstanding collection and permanent of terracotta statues, in wood or stone, panorama of the sculpture of the churches and chapels of Anjou, 14C to beginning of the 20C

    Great place indeed.

    Coll��giale Saint Martin entrance
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    Palais Episcopal

    by gwened Written Feb 18, 2015

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    next to the Cathedral Saint Maurice can't missed it. Part of the history of Angers

    I will let you read some of its history I like
    The Bishop's Palace is shown to be here since the middle of the 9C. The Palace in its current state dates from the beginning of the 12C, built on older foundations. In 1438, the Bishop Hardouin de Bueil modifies roofing and landscape and a large room which currently serves as a library. The main staircase overlooking the cour d'honneur is built in 1506 on the will of the Bishop François of Rohan and completed in 1864. In the 17C the Palace undergoes significant changes. The circular kitchen from the 12C is reconfigured. In 1751, the circular kitchen is restored.

    In the second half of the 19C the whole of the building is restored. A second Court of entrance of the Oisellerie is formed with the construction of a new wing between 1861 and 1864. The apartments of the North ship are removed to enlarge the main body. The building retains his assignment to the Revolution, and became Museum of tapestries and religious art in 1910, then Diocesan House of works in 1954.

    wonderful just to see its architectural blends of brick and colors. In French but wonderfully explained here
    http://www.vivrangers.fr/?page_id=1455

    Palais Episcopal or Bishop's Palace side of bishop's palace back of Cathedral
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    Reformist Protestant Church of Angers

    by gwened Written Feb 17, 2015

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    at rue du musée near or across the fine arts museum you will find the protestant Church of reformist views a nice building and something different to see in Angers.

    The reformation came out in the 16C from a movement led by Martin Luther, Guillaume Farel, Martin Bucer and Jean Calvin amongst others. The Church reformist of Angers was founded in 1555.

    AT Angers the Church disappeared from 1685. It is not until 1845 that this Church born of the Reformation was able to obtain from the city the opportunity to be in the old school of designs originally the Chapel of Saint Eloi.

    This came to be in 1850 that the Church takes possession of the place during a ceremony on the dedication of the temple. It is since then, that the services are done here.

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    Tour Saint Aubin, Angers

    by gwened Updated Feb 17, 2015

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    this is a special tower of the remains of the abbey of Saint Aubin, right on pl St Aubin, Angers.
    The abbey goes back way back to around 559AD but destroyed in 1811. What is left is the tower or tour Saint Aubin.

    a bit of history
    The BellTower of the Abbey Saint-Aubin is less old than the adjoining Abbey. It was erected in the 12C. It dominates the city of Angers from its 54 meters in height. In the middle ages, the tour Saint-Aubin served as a watchtower. This tour formed at it only a small fortress with embrasures and wells. As of other Abbey tours at the same time, it was erected outside the Abbey.

    With the ravages of time and the various successive occupations and multiple uses, the Tower eventually falls into ruin. During the 19C, the belfry, the Bell Tower and the roof were destroyed. She subsequently became a tour lead for the manufacture of lead.

    In the first half of the 20C, it hosts the Museum of industry, then a meteorological observatory.
    Nowadays, it hosts temporary art exhibitions.

    nice to stop by or visit an exhibition while in town, one from my vault. This is in French from the city webpage
    http://www.angers.fr/de-projets-en-projets/decouvrir-angers/histoire-d-angers/chroniques-historiques/pour-s-informer/saint-aubin-la-tour-aux-multiples-usages/index.html

    one more passing of it, love it.

    tour Saint Aubin front view tour Saint Aubin at Pl St Aubin Angers closeup Tour Saint Aubin tour Saint Aubin back view
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    ancien hôpital St Jean:museum Angers

    by gwened Written Mar 27, 2014

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    This is a wonderful ensemble often missed but you all need to see, one from my vault. The hospital of Saint-John housed until 1870 the hôtel-Dieu of Angers and care for the sick, it was one of the oldest of this sort in France at the time.

    In 1966, after the death of her husband, Jean , Simone Lurçat gave as bequest the song of the world or the "Chant du monde" to the city of Angers ,to bring an echo to the biggest ensemble of medieval tapestries known to this time such as Tenture de l'Apocalypse. The work is now there and it therefore gave rise to the museum or musée Jean-Lurçat ,and of the contemporary tapestry in 1967.

    a bit of history
    In 1175, Étienne de Marsay, Seneschal of Anjou, based in Angers at the edge of the Maine river built a Hôtel-Dieu or the Saint John Hospital. It also responds to the request of Henri II Plantagenêt, King of England and count of Anjou, eager to atone for the murder of Thomas Becket.

    The hospital is first led by clerics. But in the 17C, the situation is deteriorating and the Burghers of Angers decided to take the load. From the 17C to the 19C, it can accommodate up to 500 patients. But with the construction of the Sainte-Marguerite hospital, he loses his hospital service. Transformed into deposit and Archaeological Museum in 1874, there is even a time René Gasnier pioneer aircraft was housed here.

    old hospital St John,  now museum Jean Lu��at
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    The Tapestries of Jean Lurçat

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Mus��e Jean Lurcat
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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.

    Gutenberg Le Cid Tartuffe Charlemagne (?) Gavroche (?)
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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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    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.

    Bottling at Bouvet
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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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    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.

    The Cloister
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    Abbaye de Fontevraud

    by TimDaoust Updated Jan 28, 2005

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    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.

    Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud
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    Domaine de Bablut

    by TimDaoust Written Jan 28, 2005

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    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.

    Domaine de Bablut
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