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    Cathedral Saint Maurice II

    by gwened Written Feb 19, 2015

    Ok so many photos lovely have a tip with info so need to add another page with more photos that are Worth seeing me think.

    The cathedral is wonderful and a must to see my creative mind is burned out so sorry for the text. All I can say is you need to see and even Worth coming here for it alone.Yes

    the city page 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-la-cathedrale-saint-maurice/

    Cathedral Saint Maurice the chair beautiful chapel of saint and child chapel of virgin and child back organ of Cathedral
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    Cathedral Saint Maurice ,I

    by gwened Written Feb 19, 2015

    A wonderful Cathedral like any in France, this one is on hilly area overlooking the banks of the river Maine with a great stairs climb to it from the river on the montée Saint Maurice. The Catholic diocese site is here in French
    http://catholique-angers.cef.fr/Cathedrale-Saint-Maurice-Notre-Dame
    and the city of Angers take on it 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-la-cathedrale-saint-maurice/

    The short history of it that I like is
    After a succession of small shrines, the Cathedral of Angers really enters the story with Bishop Hubert of Vendôme, at the beginning of the 11C in a Romanesque building. In the years 1140-1160 , the nave was rebuilt. The three large domed vaults that cover are built at this time: they inaugurated the main architectural branch that would later be called the "angevin Gothic. However, the eastern part of the building is Romanesque. Canopies make their appearance in the nave. Towards the end of the 12C, a large part of these canopies is redone.

    Then in the 13C, the Bishops of Guillaume de Beaumont: the transept is enlarged, the choir entirely rebuilt. A set of stained glass windows is done in the years 1230-1235. In the 15C, following a fire, new stained-glass windows are created by the workshop of André Robin. In the 16C, these are the depredations of the Huguenots that need repair. In the French revolution, the cathedral becomes Temple of reason (1793), but overall, the building comes out unscathed from this turbulent period.

    The stained glass windows of the 12-13-15C constitute one of the main wealth of the St. Maurice Cathedral. In the context of the Corpus Vitrearum, to develop the problems of creation, destruction and maintenance of the canopies of the building over the centuries.

    The way it was built has upon entry, the visitor is struck by the presence of three large domed vaults of the nave, characteristics of the angevin Gothic or Plantagenet. They were built in 1149 under Henri II Plantagenêt, King of England and count of Anjou. The vault keys are more than three meters above the side arches. The nave has kept the structure of the early 12C buildings that preceded the current building: a single vessel without vaulted aisle and side chapel.

    Apart from the sacristy and cloister, Cathedral Saint-Maurice has two chapels that could be described as "adjacent": the Saint-Anne Chapel, on the left of the nave, which houses the treasures of the Cathedral and the chapel Notre-Dame-de-mercy, on the right. This Chapel, which has the rare distinction of owning two naves, has expanded throughout the ages. It served as parish church for several centuries.

    The lower part of the facade of St. Maurice, is rendered quite frustrated by its blind arcades surrounding a large central stained glass window. It is illuminated by a former Portal rich in sculptures (circa 1170), illustrating the Old Testament and a vision of the Apocalypse of Saint John in the tympan. The North and South towers (70 m) date from the 15C, the central tower dates from the Renaissance. At the second level of the facade, is added in 1537 eight statues: St. Maurice and seven soldiers of the Theban Legion, companions of his martyrdom

    The beautiful pulpit to preach (chair) dates from the mid-19C. It was realized in three years by an artist priest. Its neo-Gothic style reminds us all that he must in his time: under the leadership of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, the Gothic returned to fashion at the beginning of the 19C. Faith had to speak as in medieval times, the start of large Cathedral that Viollet-le-Duc, the Gothic to be officially regarded as "Christian art". The upper part of the Chair represents the glorious Church (father, son and Holy Spirit). The lower part shows the Church in its land struggles: Adam, Noah, and Abraham occupy the Center. the old law is left; the right is carved from scenes from the New Testament.

    It is a must in town and wonderful indeed. The surrounding of it is just great for walks as well.

    Cathedral Saint Maurice up mont��e St Maurice side back of Saint Maurice left side wall inside chapel altar of Saint Maurice back chapel behind altar of St Maurice
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    Castle of Angers , the king Réne

    by gwened Written Feb 19, 2015

    I have an older passing by here and some description, it gets better the second time around. The castle has been renovated clean, and a nice restaurant serving good buffet food from 21€ per person Inside.

    All wonderful for a full day of fun Inside it. A confusing site but nice pictures and info is this one, (due to name it castles of the loire, but the loire famous castles are in centre and some famous ones like this one are in Pays de la loire)
    http://loire-chateaux.co.uk/en-gb/chateaux/angers/chateau-angers

    hours and prices and how to get here
    http://loire-chateaux.co.uk/en-gb/chateaux/angers/access-practical-information

    older photos in my other tip on it here and now new photos. tourist office page in contact

    Castle of Angers entrance see chapel and royal lodgings inside castle inside courtyard of castle towards logis the gardens from pl Kennedy the gardens from promenade de Ligny
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    Church Notre Dames des Victoires

    by gwened Written Feb 19, 2015

    A wonderful Church requering a bit of walking from the usual center town, but all Worth it, in a nice residential area of Angers.

    A bit of history I like
    The Church Notre-Dame-des-Victoires took the succession of a small chapel, dedicated to Notre-Dame, built in the 17C and enlarged, in poor conditions, in 1842. In the 1880s, it was decided the construction of a true Church funded by the bequest from a parishioner, Marie Guitton, who died in 1883. But long legal proceedings ensued and the legacy was reduced by half. The call for donations was essential: the generosity of parishioners will cover almost half of the expenditure. Nevertheless the project had to be cut... and the Tower disappeared from plans.

    Notre-Dame-des-Victoires is a building of romano-Byzantine style, an architectural and aesthetic balance very seductive, bathed in bright light. Completed in 1904, the Church was enriched in the 1930s and 1940s by the stained glass windows of the choir. A large canopy that enchassait the high altar was removed the Conciliar reform of Vatican II.

    In 1841, the parish of the first chapel had been affiliated to the archconfraternity of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, founded in 1836. In 1960, the Church received the management of the Immaculate Heart of Mary under the name of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires.

    a must to see in town.

    Church Notre Dame des Victoires the Altar of ND chapel on right side of saints chapel of joanne d arc on right side of church the nave or nerf
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    jardin du port LIgny

    by gwened Written Feb 18, 2015

    the gardens by the river Maine. This was the old harbor Ligny here since the 11C at least found to be and it was an important port for wheat and wood commerce.

    It is down from the Cathedral Saint Maurice on the stairs street montée Saint Vincent and from the back of the Castle facing the river Maine along the berges de Maine and the now road D323 which we came in by car.

    You have a ,nice fountain and waterfall, a rosary just next to the back of the castle and plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the beauty of Angers.

    fountain on jardin du port ligny view toward castle and the rosary view over the Maine river and La Trinit�� church
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    Museum of Fine Arts

    by gwened Written Feb 18, 2015

    or musée des Beaux-Arts is a wonderful building housing a great selection of paintings in Angers.
    It has several buildings from the original Logis Barrault so I just going to touch on the history that I like but its a must to see while here

    At the end of the French Revolution, the Executive Board of the grand écoles and that of Maine-et-Loire is transferred in 1797 in the mansion of the Logis Barrault. In may 1801, the Grand écoles of Maine-et-Loire museum opens its doors, on the model of the Louvre Museum.

    In 1859, Lancelot Théodore Turpin de Crisse enriched the collections of the Museum by an important legacy: Egyptian, Greek and Roman, antiquities, ancient bronzes, Greek vases, glassware, enamels and ceramics, many paintings including those of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (Paolo and Francesca), and a few primitives including a triptych of the Avignon school.

    In 1861, the painter Guillaume Bodinier offers the hotel Pincé (see separate tip here) to house the Turpin de Crisse collectibles in honour of the donor Lancelot Théodore Turpin of Crissé (1782-1859). The Beaurepaire Gallery was inaugurated in 1887. Built perpendicularly at the galerie David d'Angers and designed by the architect of the town Charles Demoget, the works presented are among others the dance of Charles-Adolphe Gumery, the death of Priam of Pierre-Narcisse Guérin.

    In 2003, the city of Angers receives, by bequest of its last owner and donor, Mr Daniel Duclaux, Villeveque Castle and its extensive collection of art objects it contains. Among this collection of more than 900 works, a hundred antique furniture, some 60 books past, manuscripts, and incunabula, Italian and Hispano-Moorish, ceramic enamels of the Limousin, 70 works of art, sculptures in stone or in the middle ages-polychrome wood and tapestries from Flanders of the period Renaissance. The same year, the Museum-chateau of Villevêque is open to the public, and attached to the Museum of fine arts in Angers.

    Wonderful place and all surrounded by beautiful architectural buildings.

    Museum of Fine Arts entrance courtyard entrance to museum the back logis Barrault parvis towards main door to museum panel of exhibits to come at museum
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    Chateau du Roi Rene, Angers

    by gwened Written Mar 27, 2014

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    one of the oldest castle fortress still in good condition, a lovely passing for me on my job duties in Angers. you paid 8,50€ as of now to enter but Worth it indeed, good for the whole family and learn the history of France.

    You have an excellent view of the city as it is at an altitude of between 35 and 45 meters. Dominating the river Maine that runs by at a height of 20 meters.

    It is very old feudal castle from 851AD the bishops allow a land to the Count of Anjou. You have successive raids by Normans, Bretons, after the counts built what eventually will be the count palace. This as a base to conquered the regions of Poitou, Maine, Normandie and, Aquitaine.

    The castle falls into the dynasty of the house of Valois and became a duchy in 1360AD. the king René as the castle is sometimes call the castle of the king René or roi ,and gives it great notoriaty, until, René d'Anjou entered into conflict with his nephew and king of France , Louis XI as conflict with the heritage of the castle developes. king Louis XI decides to come in for it with an army and gets it in 1474 ,making René stop on his projects.

    Here in1661, king Louis XIV orders d'Artagnan to arrest Nicolas Fouquet, his finance minister that the king suspect of stealing his money (see vaux-le-vicomte castle tip in Maincy). AFter his arrest at the castle of Nantes (dukes de BRetagne) , Fouquet is brought here where he spent Three weeks.

    The revolution change a bit and the castle becomes a prison. The castle sufferes bombarments during WWII. It is today one of the most visited in the region.

    you have the wonderful gate or porte de champs and the main entrance today the porte de la ville. Ditches were dug from the construction of the fortress during the reign of Saint Louis. To the South, they then separated the Castle, the suburb of the Esvière. To the North, they imposed the limit between the city and the Castle. They were extended in the 14C and the 16C. Two wells are located: one in the East, the other to the North. Although the Maine pass at the foot of the Castle, it has never been question to build ditches in water, mainly because of the slope of the terrain.

    Under King René, ditches would have been transformed into lices for the running of tournaments that the Duke appreciated . In the 18C, the ditches host gardens and vegetable gardens. Today, the ditches have been transformed into gardens.

    nice a must in Angers.more on the interior courtyard Inside the castle, and the Grand Salle from the 11C, the chapel of Saint Laud, logis royal built in 1410 by Louis II of Anjou, interior chapel and the galerie du Roi René,the small castle or chatelet, ,logis du gouvernor, and the famous galerie de l'apocalypse built in 1953-54!

    see more in tourism of Angers,
    http://www.angersloiretourisme.com/en/discover/places/angers-castle

    the line of Kings of France lies here, as the pretender Louis XX is also,now known as the Duke of Anjou.

    main entrance porte de la ville,castle of Anjou looking from castle chemin de ronde view from castle to the Maine river the walls porte de Champs the gardens at the ditches or moats
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    Cathédrale Saint Maurice,Angers

    by gwened Written Mar 27, 2014

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    another wonderful cathedral of the Loire and France.the parish site in French is here
    http://catholique-angers.cef.fr/Cathedrale-Saint-Maurice-Notre-Dame

    This is a good size Church, such as
    90 meters long with a high of the nave dome of 16 meters (like at Chartres), and towers of 75 meters,the nave is 48 meters long.

    a bit of history
    At the beginning of the 11C, Bishop Hubert of Vendôme (1006-1047) had built a new Romanesque cathedral with a single nave, which was consecrated August 16, 1025. But just completed, this building burned down in 1032. The Bishop Geoffroyde Tours gave the Cathedral a facelift during the second half of the 11C. The altar of the crucifix was blessed in 1051 and the new high altar was consecrated in 1096.

    Shortly after the bishops Renaud de Martigné (1102-1125) and Ulger (1125-1148) undertook the reconstruction of this place of worship. It was gradually fought under the leadership of bishops Normand of Doué (1148-1153) and Guillaume of Beaumont (1202-1240). Normand de Doué and Guillaume de Beaumont did rebuild the nave, as well as the monumental portal to face the courtyard. The single nave was inspired by those of the Cathedral of Angoulême and the Abbey of Fontevraud.

    The basic structures of the walls of the nave, Romanesque style, have survived up to half. They received in the middle of the 12C the columns and arches of warheads: this is the birth of the angevin Gothic. The Romanesque nave to single ship opens on a transept and a Gothic choir - the latter was built in eave on the late antique city walls.

    In the 16C, the angevin architect Jean Delespine added at the base of the towers, Gallery of characters representing Knights, companions of St. Maurice. On this gallery, he made, in Renaissance style, a second level, having the appearance of a square tour surmounted a hexagonal Pinnacle. Angers Cathedral consists of two arrows: the North was built in 1518 and the southern in 1523.

    In 1806, it was destroyed because of obsolescence, a monumental porch which stood in front of the Cathedral, facing the courtyard. This porch, Gothic angevin, placed before the portal of entry, had two levels. Still today, four arches of warhead, only remains of this former medieval porch. Various reconstruction projects were developed during the 20C, but none of them came about.

    one of the must see in the city. Enjoy it

    Cath��drale Saint Maurice going in the crying statues of the Virgin and Christ the closeup facade of the Cathedral the side with towers of the Cathedral a closeup entrance to Cathedral
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    Musée de David,Angers

    by gwened Written Mar 27, 2014

    a wonderful gallery next to the fine arts museum or beaux-arts but nicer in my opinion, you see great sculptures by Pierre-Jean David, dit David d'Angers (1788-1856), and founded in 1839.

    It has been there for nearly 150 years in the refectory of the Musée des Beaux-Arts of the city. Then back in the 80's the decision was taken to transfer in the former Abbey of all saints, dating from the 12C and fully renovated in 1984 to accommodate the Museum. The roof and its frame were for example made in metal beams covered entirely of glass panels allowing natural overhead light, all being decorated with local materials such as the limestone and slate.

    Collections of impressive sculptures by their size, are placed at low level to create a perspective from the mezzanine which hosts small works, drawings, and collections of medals by the artist. A major work of the Museum consists of the preparatory work for the realization of the pediment of the Panthéon de Paris, including a sculpture carried out in the third size and visible from the height of a man.

    Really interesting sculptures to see. One of my old photos from the region. Have some apart in cities but most are concentrated in the Centre region of my pages.

    Galerie David d'Angers sculptures at mus��e galerie de David parvis to main gallery David of Angers looking at gallery main room thru the glass side back of gallery David
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    Château du Roi René - overview

    by Mikebond Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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).
    For information about prices and opening times, see the site below.

    Ch��teau du Roi Ren�� Castle of Roi Ren�� Ch��teau du Roi Ren�� gardens gardens
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    St. Maurice Cathedral

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There has been a bishop seated here since the 4th century, but the building dates from the 12th century with plenty of revisions since.
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    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

    St Maurice
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    Le Château d'Angers

    by sheldon_j Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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).

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    Maison d'Adam

    by codrutz Written Sep 30, 2008

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    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.

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    Chateau d'Angers

    by codrutz Written Sep 30, 2008

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    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.

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    Saint Maurice Cathedral

    by codrutz Updated Sep 30, 2008

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    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.

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