Château du Roi René - overview
The château du Roi René is a 13-century fortress with beautiful gardens. It was erected under Blanca of Castilla, Louis IX's regent, in 1228-38. It has a shape of irregular pentagone with 17 towers. Inside, you can see the famous Apocalypse tapestry.
It took its name from Duke René d'Anjou, aka René of Naples (1409-1480).
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St. Maurice Cathedral
There has been a bishop seated here since the 4th century, but the building dates from the 12th century with plenty of revisions since.
We arrived at the beginning of a Sunday mass so were only able to see the building from the very back of the church's nave
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Le Château d'Angers
The Chateau of Angers is probably the biggest reason why tourists come to Angers. It's big, imposing, old, and very much a cornerstone of the city. It's free on the first Sunday of every month (like all cultural exhibits in France).
Maison d'Adam is the oldest house in Angers, built in the 15h century. It is beautifully preserved and shows its two facades timbered all the way up to the roofs. It has four floors plus the attic, totaling six inhabitable floors.
Chateau d'Angers is very different from the others Loire Valley chateaux. It looks like a real fortress, with heavily fortified defense walls, ditch around it.
Walking on the walls is the first thing you should do. From there you can see the inside, it's like a city inside the walls, with it's own church, garden, wineyard and other buildings.
The walls of the fortress chateau d'Angers (see picture 3) are the most impressive walls I saw. That is also because you can see the roads and houses of Angers and the Maine river.
Saint Maurice Cathedral
Cathedral Saint Maurice d'Angers is a Romanesque and Gothic cathedral - 75 meters tall - built in the 12th and 13th centuries.
In my opinion the facade is very interesting because it not very complicated, you can see the four main building stages plus the fifth that is the towers. It is very slick, white, with fine details.
The inside is famous also for the 12th-16th centuries stained-glass windows.
On top of Chateau d'Angers
Enter Chateau d'Angers and go up to the highest tower, trough a narrow spiral stair in the middle of the tower.
The view from there is great, you can see the Cathedral Saint Maurice and the wide Main river and it's modern road bridges.
This is the longest tapestry in the world. Originally it had 140 meters, woven between 1373 and 1382. From the whole 100 meters survived until today and it is displayed in a building up in the Chateau d'Angers.
The tapestry depicts biblical scenes but also some commentaries on the 14th century political struggles. Each scene has a deep signification and probably there is a group of people and books describing each scene. This should be very interested to read more about.
What I have observed is that the colors are very well preserved, impressive after more than 625 years. And that the details are very nice, almost painting like.
Angers is a university town, and at night, the students flock to Rue Bressigny, a street in 'centre ville' lined with bars and restaurants. Ideal for enjoying a French meal au restau before hitting the bars to dance the night away!
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Statue du Roi René
The statue of Roi René stands in front of the homonymous castle, in the middle of a busy round-about. It commemorates René d'Anjou (1409-1480).
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Jardin du Mail - the wild part
This is the wild part of the jardin du Mail. It isn't so wild as a forest, but the high trees show that man hasn't interfered much with nature here. Also the flowerbeds are wilder and not so artistic as in the previous tip. Pity that the building on the second pics spoils this bucolic atmosphere!
Have a walk around the City
Here is pic of Town Hall - about 10 mins walk from Railway Station.
Sit in outside area of Restaurant near here - have a small beer/ glass of wine - watch the world go by
Find the St. Aubin Monastery Ruins
The restored Romanesque monastery buildings of the Abbey St. Aubin are the site of the city prefcture. Windows have been inserted in some of the cloister arcades and parts of the cloister and chapterhouse have been utilized. The carvings are good examples of early 12C and 13C workmanship, well worth a few minutes of study.
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Visit the David d'Angers Sculpture Gallery
David d'Angers meticulously preserved plaster casts of all of his sculpture to present during his lifetime to his native city. Some time in the late 20C they established a separate museum for these works, some original sculptures and related other materials, thus giving a complete retrospective of his work. It is beautifully installed in the restored Toussaint Abbey church buildings (13-18C). David lead French sculpture in the mid 19C from classicism to realism( and thus on to Rodin). He is very important. We could not (did not) take pictures of his work, only a shot of part of the Gothic church
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Study the Facades of the House of Adam
The House of Adam is on Toussaint street opposite the North edge of the chevet of the cathedral. It is 15C, half-timbered and has walls faced with a diamond lattice-work pattern. The vertical beams are elaborately carved with figures. It is 4-stories high and has a corner turret. It is the showpiece of the old town.
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