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Castle of Angers
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Ranked #6 of 81 things to do in 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.
Reviewed August 21, 2013

Compared to other very expensive chateaux and activities now in the Loire area, Angers Castle was a very reasonable priced visit at 8 euros per person. Enough to see but not too big. Nice walk around the parapet. Also has a small café/restaurant that looked nice, but we didn't use. Great Tourist Office not far from castle that was very helpful.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Château d'Angers as is the name of the castle in french, founded in the 9th century by the Counts of Anjou and was expanded to its current size in the 13th century. It is located on a rocky ridge overhanging the river Maine, which crosses the city. Now it is open to the public, and you can see inside it the gardens, a restaurant (nice food) some churches and an exhibition. Inside it there is the famous Apocalypse Tapestry. The outer wall is 3 metres thick, extends for about 660 m and is protected by seventeen massive towers. Each of the perimeter towers measures 18 m in diameter. They allow visitors to walk on the perimeter. The view is wonderfull every time you visit it. In the gardens there are trees trimed in the cross shape and in the main chapell you can admire exhibitions of contemporary artists. Gothere first day in the morning when the colours are soft. It is amazing. Ok the ticket is expensive 6,5 euro but persons under 18 are free and students also (have with you your student card) are free for the rest you can buy a card which includes discounts for three or four museums and the castle.

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

The visit at the Chautau was a well spend time. We got an audioguide, and with the direction from that and the card we got around the place. There was a few alteration but we managed and it was interesting. The star of the visit was, without doubt , the tapestries of the Apocalypse. It was very interesting with good help from the audioguide. The Apocalypse is keept in rooms without daylight but spacious, so you are able to get close to the tapestries to se details and sit at some distance to get an overview. Beside the tapestries there is a good deal to see and it is explained, so you can image how the life must have been through the ages. I would recommed a visit to everyone, but remember to take the audioguide.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We love angers and have stayed/visited on a number of occasions while wandering the area. Great place to spend an hour then into the town for a bite of lunch.
Lots to see and do as well as good th relax when on a long journey..

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

This chateaux/castle is ideally located in the heart of Angers. It is easily accessible, a 5 minute walk from the main Cathedral, and a 10 minute walk from the new Place du Ralliement. The Chateaux offers several unique experiences compared to other chateaux in the region:

1) A walk along the perimeter wall, from turret to turret.

2) A look at a end-of-gothic-era fortification style châteaux/castle, just before the blitz of luxurious chateaux homes across the Loire were built.

3) It houses the world's largest medieval tapestry which is well worth a visit (make sure to watch the 10-minute introduction film in the entry gallery before entering; it gives great insight).

4) Four scaled models (located in the inner building beside the monastery) depict the evolution & devolution of the chateaux from it's beginnings as a minor fortification to it's more ornate turret toppings, and back down to it's more humble endings.

Be sure to pick up a pamphlet, as it explains each section of the grounds and architecture, in a proposed self-guided walk. Very handy.

Worth the Euros!

1  Thank pdrum
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