The Castle of Angers is a magnificent, sturdy fortress overlooking the river Maine. The medieval castle houses the Tapestry of the Apocalypse. This interesting piece of art is 100 meters long and woven between 1373 and 1382 for Louis I of Anjou. The tapestry is from extraordinary quality, beautiful and terrifying at the same time evoking the end of the world from a medieval perspective.
A ten minute stroll upstream leads you to the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice, where the mid-twelve-century portal shows another version of the Apocalypse, this time in stone. The interior is impressive, with fine stained glass windows depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin, beautiful tapestries and richly decorated 18th century organ gallery.
Angers is renowned for its gastronomy and wine and offers many traditional dishes and specialties. Try the quernon d’ardoisse; a blue chocolate, the rillaud; a kind of potted meat or the delicious orange liqueur Cointreau. Several very good local wines can be found here also, such as Anjou, Layon and Aubance.
Many beautiful heritage attractions will await you. Visit the Castle of Angers, Adam House, different museums, the Cointreau distillery, the Mail Park and much more.
Museum of Fine Arts
The museum offers two permanent exhibitions, fine arts from the 14th to the 21st century and the exhibition History of Angers, archaeology and art objects from the Neolithic period to the present day.
Castles around Angers
In the surroundings of Angers there are many castles waiting to be explored. Most castles are warm and welcoming because the owners are passionate about sharing their heritage and family history with visitors. Some of the owners still even live in the castles!
Visit the Castle of Brissac, home to the 13th duke of Brissac with its beautiful park with century old trees and admire the castle’s spectacular decorations. The outstanding 18th century castle of Montgeoffroy in Maze is also well worth a visit with its outstanding furniture collection and typical 18th century gardens.