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Château of Angers
Château of Angers
Château of Angers
Château of Angers
Château of Angers
Château of Angers
Château of Angers
Château of Angers
Château of Angers
Château of Angers

A 13th-century fortress

The first traces of occupation indicate a presence of humans on the rocky promontory 4000 years before our era. The site was also inhabited by Gauls and Romans, and in Romanesque times, a huge earls’ palace was erected of which only the wall of the Main Hall remains. Built as of 1232, during the Regency of Blanche of Castile, the castle walls with 17 schist and limestone towers positioned at regular intervals overlook the Maine and form a natural defence.
 

...later a residence and a prison...

 

Residence of the dukes of Anjou in the 14th and 15th centuries, the château had residential buildings and gardens added on which, during the times of King René, were used to house an exotic menagerie.

For seven centuries, the fortress was a place of confinement. Fouquet, arrested by d’Artagnan in Nantes in 1661, was imprisoned in the château of Angers (which was defined by Louis XIV as "a true Bastille"). The château was used as a departmental prison until 1856, then as barracks during the first half of the 20th century, before being made accessible to the general public.

...with treasures galore... 

Louis I of Anjou ordered the making of the Apocalypse tapestry in 1375. This tapestry, over 100 metres long, illustrating the life of Saint John, reflects at the same time the anxieties at the end of the 14th century, at the peak of the Hundred Years’ War. Undertaken at a time of strong cultural effervescence, with exceptional financial and technical means, the tapestry fully reveals the talent of its designer, Jean de Bruges, painter for King Charles V, Louis I of Anjou’s brother.

The tapestry is currently on display in a purpose-built gallery, totally refurbished in order to guarantee optimal conditions for visits as well as preservation...

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