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    Apocalipse Tapestry

    by codrutz Written Sep 30, 2008

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    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.

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  • Nightlife

    by footloosegirl Updated Mar 18, 2008

    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

    by Mikebond Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    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).

    Roi Ren��
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    Jardin du Mail - the wild part

    by Mikebond Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    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!

    high trees man with nature

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    Walk

    by leecouk12324 Written Aug 7, 2007

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    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

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    Find the St. Aubin Monastery Ruins

    by hquittner Written Jun 19, 2007

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    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.

    Chapter House Door Arch and Cloister An Arcade Another Arcade Some Detail of the Carving
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    Visit the David d'Angers Sculpture Gallery

    by hquittner Written Jun 19, 2007

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    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

    Vault of Church Aisle
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    Study the Facades of the House of Adam

    by hquittner Written Jun 19, 2007

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    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.

    House of Adam House of Adam (another view)
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    Examine the Apocalypse Tapestries

    by hquittner Written May 26, 2007

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    The main artistic sights in Angers are the Apocalypse tapestries. They are significant as being among the oldest tapestries, in series, extant. They were ordered from the producer Nicolas Bataille in 1373 (completed in 1380) by Louis, duke of Angers and brother of the king Charles V. Sketches were made available by Jan Boudolf, an artist in the employ of his brother, king Charles, from a manuscript in the latter’s library. The tapestries were exhibited as part of various celebrations for centuries but were sold in 1782 when considered old fashioned. During the Revolution it was cut up and dispersed as utilitarian coverings. During the 19C, a bishop of Angers, a lover of art, decided to search for and acquire as much of the work as he could find and restore it to the glory of Angers. He found and acquired about 75% of it. Over the ensuing years, they have been repaired and reassembled and today are permanently housed in a special gallery protected from destructive effects of light and air quality.
    As an elderly retired scientist, I find the apocalyptic shriek quaint or delusional. I understand and have experienced some of the sufferings that beset mankind during a lifetime, and realize that I live in a privileged and lucky position. The book of the bible is tedious to read end to end, but the tapestries are fascinating and well worth an hour of a sightseer’s life (if you can take it), for they are a literal exposition of the text.
    There are seven (the number of perfection) sections each presented by John. Each section is in 2 rows of seven pictures each; some 76 pictures are available.

    John(lt) and part of a set It Goes On and On
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    Look At the Tour St.-Aubin

    by hquittner Written May 26, 2007

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    As you walk in the old town and pass the Beaux Arts Museum you see this tower. It is the 12C belfry of the Benedictine monastery just beyond it, which is worth visiting. It takes only a few minutes to look in and see the fine Romanesque Arcade (our picture is lost).

    Tour St.-Aubin
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    See What is Inside the Fortress (Chateau) Walls

    by hquittner Written May 26, 2007

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    The nearest buildings are the chapel and the ancient residence. All around us are carefully sculpted gardens and one with hedges in very creative topiary forms. Beyond this area extending to the far wall is the modern exhibition building that houses the great Apocalypse Tapestries. Inside the other buildings there is an entire history of tapestries which you must see in addition to those of the Apocalypse.

    The Chapel and Topiary Gardens Chateau Gardens More Gardens
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    Visit the Fortress (Chateau)

    by hquittner Written May 26, 2007

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    The fortress (chateau) of Angers stands forcefully on a promontory overlooking both the river and the city. Its 17 towers may not be as tall as they were when St. Louis (IX) built them but the whole structure still looks impregnable. The deep moat was drained and planted long ago and now is a green pasture for grazing fawn. One enters over the drawbridge into a large interior area with both old and new buildings and fine horticulture (a specialty of Angers).

    The Drawbridge A Corner Fawn in the Moat Sunning not Dead
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    See the Inside of the Cathedral

    by hquittner Written May 25, 2007

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    The nave has three very large bays with tetrapartite vaulting peaking into dome-like centers. This is a very early example of vaulting known as Angevine. The transepts (built a century later) have Rose windows and th vaulting now has a greater number of ribs. There is a fine 19C carved pulpit and a carved set of 18C choirstalls all hung with tapestries. There are many other tapestries mostly Aubusson. At the choir is a statue of Ste. Cecelia by David d'Angers. Note the grand 18C organ at the west end. In addition the stained glass
    is from all periods (12-20C).

    The Nave Looking to the West Front (and Organ) A Transept The Pulpit Wedding at Cana Tapestry (Aubusson) More Fine Tapestries
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    Study the Facade of the Cathedral St.-Maurice

    by hquittner Written May 24, 2007

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    St.-Maurice is contemporary with Chartres (1150-1270). Its facade is Romanesque trying to become Gothic. It is very tall too and has complete spired towers that are almost identical. It is single aisled , so that its nave is as wide as the larger Chartres. It has a single portal covered with archivolts and with flanking jamb embrasures containing 4x2 column statues, Chartres fashion. The lintel and trumeau were destroyed by an 18C bishop because they obstructed his ceremonial parades through the door. The pointed tympanum shows Christ and the Evangelical symbols (the other Apostles were wiped out on the removed lintel). There is a large window above, but no Rose. Above that there is a gallery with 8 statues 16C of St. Maurice and his fellow soldiers in garb of that time. Nearby is a statue by David d'Angers. (I apologize for the lack of detailed pictures, the flood probably got them; please go here and make them,write them up and tell me).

    The West Facade of St.-Maurice The Upper Part of the Facade
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    The View from the Cathedral

    by hquittner Written May 24, 2007

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    Both the Chateau and the Cathedral occupyrhe high ground at Angers, the bluff and promintory above the river. The Cathedral faces to the NW, its facade facing directly at the river below. A wide flight of stairs extends down. This area is called the Montee (Ascent) St.-Maurice. It is impossible to miss if you want to enter the cathedral.

    The Montee St.-Maurice (from above)
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