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Angers - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Maine-et-Loire

City of Art and History located on the edge of the River Maine, the capital of Anjou has a rich architectural heritage. Key monument of the city, the castle of Angers built in the 13th century by Saint Louis was the place of residence of the dukes of Anjou in the 14th and 15th centuries. Flanked by seventeen towers, this impressive medieval fortress is home to a masterpiece: the famous Apocalypse tapestry. Produced in the 14th century for duke Louis I of Anjou, this remarkable wall-hanging is the biggest medieval tapestry in the world today! Besides the Tapestries museum, the castle of king René also invites its visitors to discover its charming terraced gardens and its panoramic view of the city and of the River Maine.

The visit of Angers continues with the Saint-Maurice cathedral, a building of Anjou Gothic style which contains magnificent stained glass windows of the 12th and 13th centuries.

Behind the cathedral on the Saint-Croix square can be found Adam's house, a magnificent timber-framed residence dating from the 16th century, whose facade is decorated with wooden carved characters.

Not to be missed, the Fine art museum housed in the Logis Barrault mansion, has objets d'art related to the history of Angers on display, as well as paintings and sculptures from the 14th century to our days. This cultural venue also puts on temporary exhibitions around historical and contemporary works.

The David of Angers gallery, a museum situated in the former Toussaint abbey church, brings together numerous works of the famous sculptor from Anjou.

On the opposite bank, the Jean Lurçat and Contemporary Tapestry museum, housed in the ancient Saint-Jean hospital, exhibits tapestries of the 20th century, and in particular "le Chant du Monde" ("the World Song") of Jean Lurçat.

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Town located on the Paris-Nantes, in the Maine-et-Loire, Angers is still the holder of the Loire Valley, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. City of Art and History, the capital of Anjou perfectly blends its past and its future, amid a landscape where natural areas are a great place.

Cradle of the Plantagenet dynasty, which reigned for years in England and Normandy, Angers was once a major intellectual center in Europe. Even today, the city of the Good King René radiates its cultural activities and its important architectural and historical heritage.

Situated near the Regional Park Loire-Anjou-Touraine, the city is also distinguished by its strong involvement in the world of vegetation, being the first European horticultural center, but also by its delicate and sweet food. Deanery of Comice, a local pear, the greengage, through the wines of Anjou, the Loire fish dishes or as rich as focaccia, the rillauds or somersaults, has everything to seduce gourmets purposes.

Things to see and do

The city of Angers full of mansions and other buildings retracing the important history of its neighborhoods.

Angers of the castle is the main tourist attraction of the city of the Plantagenets. Built around 1230 by St. Louis, on a promontory overlooking the River Maine, it houses a jewel of French art, the Apocalypse Tapestry. Commissioned in the fourteenth century by Louis I of Anjou, this piece of over 140 meters long astonished by its grandeur and color.

Just behind the cathedral, home of Adam, which now house the craftsmen, is a beautiful architectural testimony. Nearby, the cemetery of the East, opened in 1834, is nicknamed the Père Lachaise. It hosts the final resting place of many personalities.

Highlights of Angers, the St. Maurice Cathedral and the Saint-Aubin tower illuminate the ancient center of the city. The second now houses many temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. The former Toussaint abbey, the thirteenth century, now houses an art gallery. It has been completely renovated with an impressive glass roof.

Built in the late nineteenth century, the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires was classified as an historic monument.

In the old hotel Demarie Valentin, a natural history museum was installed to remember the past of aromatic and medicinal gardens of the mansions of the city in the Renaissance. The garden of the city, established in the eighteenth century, offers four hectares of nature, including a herbarium collection.

Museums abound in Angers, starting with the Museum of Fine Arts, Barrault in the house, with a beautiful collection of works by Fragonard and Van Loo. In the old medieval hospital St. John took up the Jean Lurçat museum and the contemporary tapestry, while the Pincé house hosts a museum of Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Roman and Chinese.

The European Museum of Communication offers a nice summary of the history of printing, film, television, space exploration or the telegraph.

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Events and festivities

Always top cultural center in Europe, Angers no shortage of events to recall the glorious past. They follow one another throughout the year, all over the city.

Since the late 80s, houses the Angers festival Premiers Plans. Every January, hundreds of young European filmmakers compete to present a new generation of artists.

Between July and August, Tempo Shore offers music scenes throughout the summer. Free, these evenings in the heart of the city captivate everyone.

In May, the African Cinema Festival allows the French public to discover African culture space of a week. This takes place every two years in the Grand Theatre Angers.

In September, Angers be donning the colors of hanger hearts. For three days, concerts, street performances, art installations or the conversation World Championship taking place in the streets of the city.

Winter Suns occur from late November to late December, transporting visitors into the magical world of Christmas. Christmas Market, enchanting shows, illuminations, fun activities and joyful, dazzling winter small, and old.

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Vines, wines and hikes in the Loire Valley
A wine tourism event combining hiking, sightseeing and fine foodFrom 1 to 2 september 2018
Premiers Plans
The young talents of European cinema meet up in AngersFrom 25 january to 3 february 2019
Anjou Festival
The theatre event of the Great WestJune / July 2019


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