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This is the fountain at the bottom of the staircase that leads up to the St. Maurice Cathedral. I'm trying to find some history for you guys on this fountain but I'm having no luck. It was a very peaceful place and we passed by it almost every day. During the evenings it is fantastically lit. Check out the nearby rose gardens, too, on the promenade du port ligny.
This is another huge landmark within the city and very hard to miss. The Cathedrale exterior as well as interior are not to be missed. It sits atop a wide staircase often referred to by the same name as the Cathedral. It towers over all else around and contains some beautiful stained glass windows. There is still a bishop seated here and they hold regular services as well. The structure itself was built over the course of many centuries, from the Gallo-Roman period on until the 15th century. Go here for a great panorama of the cathedral and the staircase.
This is a great place to go hang out. It's one of the largest squares in downtown Angers. During the Fete de la Musique, they set up bands in the pavillion in the middle of the square. The whole square was packed to the brim. On a nice day, you will probably see lots of locals hanging out, there's even a beautiful fountain on the west side of the square. The history of the square is interesting; hence the name Ralliement, it was a place of gathering during the Revolution in the late 1700s. There was even a guillotine installed there in October of 1793. Then it was a mainly residential square with only one cafe. Today it is mainly commercial. A Galleries Lafayette is in the southeast corner and nine cafes dot the square.
The former bishop's palace was begun in the 12th century, but most of what we see today is from an extensive 19th century renovation of a 1725 building.
It contains many rooms worth seeing as well as various exhibitions.
This garden, central to the life of Angevins, contains a marvelous fountain and a bandstand for musical performances in its spaces.
The fountain, a copy of one presented at 1855 the Universal Exposition, was put in place in 1856. The garden itself was opened to the public in 1859. The bandstand has undergone many versions, the most recent, being made of oak and cast iron has lasted for over 125 years!
The Court House in Angers was designed to present itself as the place where justice was s to be served. Started in 1864 it was finished in 1875. The symmetrical arrangement of the front of the building was designed to symblize that justice was even-handed.
Currently this courthouse is the site of a very sad trial involving the abuse of many children.
After a long history beginning with a land grant for a "court of appeals", in 1832, a modern city hall was finally built in 1981 around the renovated remains of the Ursuline Abbey, facing the popular Jardin du Mail,and its fountain.
David d'Angers was best known for his 500 portrait medallions of everyone important from his era. He ran afoul of the authorities during the 1848 revolution and had to flee in 1851, returning to Paris shortly before his death in 1856.
He took the name of his town and they have returned the favor my providing a gallery for his work. The building is the former All Saints Abbey, well-restored in 1984, witha glass roof.
Anger St. Laud.
When you search on the SNCF or the Deutschebahn websites for Angers the station is listed as Angers St Laud. St Laud was an obscure French bishop of the 6th century. You are more likely to see it in the distance than to visit it!
The Maine river divides Angers. These views were taken from near the Chateau d'Angers. It is a tributary of the Loire river. It is formed from several other rivers and runs for only 7 miles before it joins the Loire!
The chateau occupies the highest promontory in the city over looking the Maine-et-Loire River. Fortunately for sightseeing it is close to the cathedral!
The Tapestry of the Apocalypse displayed inside the chateau is the main reason many people visit the chateau. It is 100 meters long tapestry series, finished in1378. It recounts tells the story of St. John's Vision of the Apocalypse. There is also the lovely Ste Genevieve Chapel.
It has a perimeter of almost a kilometre and seventeen towers! The entrance is on the uphill, town side.
This is a nice place to go and taste wines from the Loire Valley. They are relatively inexpensive to buy there and you can taste as well for free before you buy. The lady who works there is really nice too, if the same one is still there. It is conveniently located across the street from the Chateau d'Angers and beside the Office du Tourisme. Go, see, taste!
This medieval era chateau sits atop a much older (Gallo-Roman) structure of something like 17 enormous towers with a dry moat surrounding them. Tours are cheap and will take you into the medieval era castle where the Tapisserie de l'Apocolypse, a tapestry that depicts the book of Revelations from the Bible, is housed. There are also many other tapestries of the same era contained within. After the tour you should roam around the top of the towers and the chateau gardens. Also, in passing the chateau, one can see the magnificent gardens down in the dry moat surrounding the towers, one of the most beaufiul in the city. Also see the Promenade de Port Ligny and the rose garden at the foot of the walls on the side of the chateau facing the river . For a little more history on the Chateau go here
This museum I did see and on the same day as the Fete de la Musique so I regret to say we rushed through it in anticipation of the coming evenings events. But I did see it all.
There was a huge collection of Asian and African art all within the small rooms of the historic Hotel Pince on rue Lenepveu, giving the museum a very intimate feel to it. I'll have a picture from inside the museum up here soon.
This collection of sculptor David d'Angers' works is housed in the restored Toussaint Abbey on rue Toussaint. I never got a chance to go and see them but it's 3 EUR for adults and free for children, between Oct. 3 through June 5, it's open every day except Mondays 10am-12pm, and 2pm to 6pm. From June 6 to Oct. 2 it's opened 10am to 7pm every day of the week but it stays open until 9pm on Fridays. Go check it out.