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Château d'Angers

  • Angers, France
  • Museum
Château d'Angers Angers
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Hours:
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:30
Phone:
+33 241864877
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Tickets: Adults 9.50 euros, students and children under 18 go free

Château d'Angers is a vast fortress dating back to 1230, with 17 imposing towers, this impressive piece of architecture is located in the Loire. In the 14th and 15th centuries the Dukes of Anjou held court in Angers. Enlightened patrons of the arts and architecture, the princes added to the exterior and decorated the inside of the château with refined furnishings. Today, the castle houses a tapestry museum, its stand out piece is the famed Tapestry of the Apocalypse, a major piece of medieval art, celebrated for its size, age, and handcrafted expertise, it is showcased in a specially created gallery.

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The tapestry commissioned by Louis I, Duke of Anjou in 1375, illustrates the story of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation by Saint John. It originally measured 140 metres in length, of which 100 metres are on display. The tapestry shows the talent of Jean Bondol, a well-known artist and the King’s painter. The gardens surrounding the fortress are beautifully landscaped, taking inspiration from the Italian gardens of the Renaissance.

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