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Address: 2, promenade du Bout-du-Monde, 49100 Angers, France
Phone Number: 02 41 86 48 77
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The apparent austerity of this shale and limestone fortress, which the...
The apparent austerity of this shale and limestone fortress, which the young king Louis IX had built on the edge of his kingdom in the 13th century, contrasts with the tranquil grounds inside the castle walls and the pleasant residence of the Dukes of Anjou, composed of buildings constructed at the end of the Gothic era. To transform and embellish the castle into a more welcoming home for the Anjou court, terraces and gardens were laid out, galleries built and the gateway erected. The star attraction within the walls of the Château d’Angers is the Tapestry of the Apocalypse or woven in 1375. With its 104 metres in length, it is the largest medieval tapestry anywhere in the world. Open:> 2nd May to 4th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 6,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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The chateau is so much more than you can imagine until you see it! Even if you didn't pay the entrance fee, it is a sight to behold from the outside! You could take many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The chateau is so much more than you can imagine until you see it! Even if you didn't pay the entrance fee, it is a sight to behold from the outside! You could take many beautiful photos just walking outside the walls! In fact, it might be a good idea to do just that! Be sure to take a few... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

You go there to see the second oldest tapestries in the world depicting the Apocalypse. This is set in a modern museum within the castle and is a stunning experience. An Audioguide is recommended. When you have finished there you walk to see the modern Tapestries about 20 minutes away called :Chant du Monde" that in contrast sits in an... More 

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Fribourg, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

If you find the walls impressive, just wait to get in and walk along the yards and the vineyars, thru the walls, and visiting the museum. It's a great visit to do when going to Angers.

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Herefordshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

What a wonderful surprise. A vast Castle with many attractions. In particular the 12th century tapestries. 'The Apocalypse'. The staging in the darkened room of vast proportions. Very dramatic. The paintings in the chapel are good too. A good restaurant, stylish and with local beer!

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is an amazing castle and there are German soldiers names carved in the slate from ww11 the grounds are extremely well kept and it's hard to believe parts of it is over 900 years old well worth a visit with some amazing views over the city

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The Apolcolyse tapestries are simply awe inspiring. as some of the most significant art of the Middle Ages it is well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The walls of the Chateau are so thick there are flower and vegetable gardens along the top, along with mature vines. But, the highlight is the viewing of the Tapestry of the Apocalypse - a jewel to see and try to discern the various meanings portrayed. Try to get there early so as to stroll through at your leisure with... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

Our group's appointment was at 4:30. We arrived in time. Did a brief leisurely tour before we were told at 5:00 they were closing the Tapestry, tapestry film, bookstore, and water closets within 15 minutes. And we'd have to leave. They could have told us when we arrived, but they did not. After we were ordered out, they permitted two... More 

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Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Amazingly breathtaking- this place is full of rich history. First, it’s a castle, which is cool enough. Adding to the awesomeness was centuries old tapestries, roof top gardens and a vineyard for the caretaker. There were also eerie dungeons, locked off to the public. I would highly recommend this attraction for family, friends, and couples if you visit the wonderful... More 

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North Shields, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Beautiful grounds in the walk up to the castle. Very imposing. We had 4 adults and 3 children and there was something for everyone. Highlights were: the HUGE tapestry hung below ground - very beautiful, the walkway around the top of the castle and the lizards :-) Younger children had great fun chasing and being chased - just small little... More 

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