Angers, capital of the ancient county of Anjou, is a hugely likeable, vibrant town which seems to happily straddle the ancient and modern worlds. For fans of heritage tourism, it has two stunning tapestry series, the fourteenth-century Apocalypse and the twentieth-century Le Chant du Monde, plus its own hilltop château.
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Things to do in Angers
The city has a strong collection of shops, bars, restaurants, and nightlife spots along with its many interesting cultural aspects.
The Château d’Angers is a formidable early medieval fortress, with its mighty kilometre-long curtain wall reinforced by seventeen circular towers. Inside are a few miscellaneous remains of the counts’ royal lodgings and chapels, but the chief focus is the astonishing Tapestry of the Apocalypse. This 14th-century tapestry series is a masterpiece depicting the Book of Revelations. The English-language audioguide comes in handy, but a Bible would be even better. It’s spellbinding, operatic stuff, and its sheer grandeur will appeal whatever your religious views.
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If you're looking for a relaxed but pleasant afternoon, Terra Botanica is the place for you. This plant themed pleasure park is ideal for strolling around and enjoying the wildlife, whilst also hopping on some rides in between to mix things up a little.
Musee des Beaux Arts d'Angers
In Saint-Éloi lies the glorious 'logis Barrault' mansion, home to the Musée des beaux-arts d'Angers. The museum hosts a range of rich collections of artworks acquired over many centuries and the complex itself includes the garden of Fine Arts, the David d'Angers gallery and the city library.
Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers
Built during the 11th and 16th Centuries, the Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers was classified as a national monument in 1862 recognised for its pleasing mixture of Roman and Gothic architectural styles. It's stained glass windows are particularly impressive and considered a French masterpiece of 13th-Century glasswork.
Weather in Angers
For guaranteed warm weather, the best time to visit Angers is during mid-June to September. The winter months can be quite chilly, although this does not make a trip to Angers dull.
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