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“My hubby love the view at Chateau de Angers”
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Castle of Angers
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“My hubby love the view at Chateau de Angers”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Chateau de Angers has excellent the beautiful gardens . Enjoy your view and cafe around the city. On May - September They're open at 09:30 am - 06:30 pm , September - April 10 am - 05:30 pm

Visited January 2012
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Unless you know about the castle before hand it will effectively smack you in the eyes for doing so .The castle can only be considered large and at first ugly , but walk up to it and look down into the dry moat and see the beautiful gardens laid out below . After the entry office inside the walls with the helpful staff the layout is impressive with archway hedging . We went there for the tapestry of the apocalypse - take the advise and either have very good French or a Bible or both . Even so it will not disappoint and the horrors of the end of the world are very clear to all . P. S. look out for the lizards in the undergrowth !

Visited June 2012
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“Don't miss it! Chateau de Angers”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Angers is a delightful city, very civilised and well worth a short stay. There are numerous excellent sights to be seen by just strolling around the city and enjoying the café life. In the heart of the old city is this massive castle which has lovely restored gardens including a herb garden within the castle itself. The ramparts provide wonderful views across the Loire valley and its construction before the invention of the cannon is of some interest.
What is truly FABULOUS, yet hardly gets a mention in most guide books are the Apocalypse Tapestries. To 'find' them you have to enter the château walls and make for the far right hand corner where there is a sunken garden. Once you enter the garden follow a sign to the Musee which directs you to a locked door. Don't be put off by this example of Gallic welcome, now head for the loo’s to your right and you will find you can enter the musee through the same door. The tapestries which depict the end times, from the rather scary Book of Revelation (Apocalypse) from the bible were completed in only 7 years. Eminent historian Liliane Delwasse describes them: "one of the masterpieces of medieval art: the Apocalypse Tapestry. Commissioned by Louis I, Duke d’Anjou and created between 1373 and 1380, its original dimensions were exceptional for its time: each of the six sections measures 23,5m long by 6m high, stretching a total length of over 140 metres. The hanging illustrates scenes from the prophetic visions of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist. They are exhibited in a purpose-built gallery (1954) within the Chateau d’Angers, and were magnificently restored during the 1980s, bringing out the spectacular intensity and beauty of this loom tapestry." There are no knots in the work and this is a genuine tapestry, unlike that at Bayeux. I was far more impressed by this than by the Bayeux. Its fabulous, don't miss it!
If you are travelling by bike beware, the river here is a tributary of the Loire, don't follow it for a couple of hours as we did!

Visited September 2012
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“Usually Overated”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

The guides usually give this a high rating that I feel is not deserved. It is a mighty fortress and most of the interest can be seen from the exterior. Inside the chateau there is not much to see. The chapel is of little note. The Logis Royal interior has little left of any original architectural features having been remodeled in a modern style. I will give the main attraction here - The Apocalypse Tapestry - 4 stars. Be careful when you enter because of the extreme low lighting that they use to conserve the tapestries. Try to find a seat and give your eyes time to adjust. The audio portion for the tapestry is a little long winded. The commentary is given in sections - walk along doing the top portion - then go back to the beginning of the section to do the lower portion. The tapestry is large so plan a good chunk of time to see it. Also be aware that the bookshop is down by the tapestry gallery which is a long way from the entrance. It closes at irregular hours as well as the 12:00-2:00 lunch break.

Visited September 2012
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“The tapestries of the apocalypse”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Chateau of Angers is most impressive of it's own, but especially worth seeing are the fabulous tapestries of the apocalypse, XIVth century, and over 100 meters of magnificent, vibrant, detailed tapestries in perfectly preserved condition, over 600 years old. They were designed by Jean de Bruges who did the famous Heures du Duc de Berry

Visited March 2012
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