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“Strong fortification-Unrivalled tapestries”
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Castle of Angers
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2-Day Mont Saint-Michel and Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris
Ranked #1 of 61 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. 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
Inverkip, United Kingdom
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“Strong fortification-Unrivalled tapestries”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

Built in 9th c. and enlarged in 13th c.it's an example of strong fortification. The colorful moat gardens brighten up the dark brown of the walls. The milltower overlooks River Maine but also the city itself. The inside gardens have impressive shapes. You may visit the beautiful châtelet, the chapel, the royal residence and above all, the Apocalypse Gallery, a real marvel. Commissioned by Louis I, it was deisgned by Flemish artist Jean Bondol and woven in Paris by Nicholas Bataille and Robert Poincon between 1377 and 1382. It's the oldest French medieval tapestry, based on the Book of Revelation by St.John the Divine.100 m long, It has 6 sections, each 24 m.wide by 6.1 m high. There were initially 90 different scenes but only 71 have survived. The main colours are blue, red and gold. The room that houses the Apocalypse, is dimly lit and you need some time to be able to see the steps at the opposite side of the room. From there you have a better and easier view of this colossal work of art, quite different to any other tapestry. In the castle's grounds there is a very nice
cafeteria with exceptional lunch menu: Monument Café.

Visited October 2013
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“One of the highlights of our trip”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is a real medieval castle, well preserved with the extraordinary Apocalypse Tapestries. And the restaurant there is SUPERB. Definitely plan you visit to include lunch there at the castle.

Visited September 2013
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Historical Building”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

I had a very pleasurable visit to the Castle of Angers. I had the audioguide and found that very useful. It takes you around in stages and there are buttons on the device to get extra information. The buildings are well presented and the Tapestry of the Apocalypse is very interesting and very awe inspiring. The views of the city from the walls are well worth seeing. There is a restaurant in the grounds of the castle and a gift shop as well.

Visited October 2013
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Carlsbad, California
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“Massive Medieval Castle...”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Built as a fortress in late 9th century and greatly expanded by 12th century. The massive outer walls, over 9ft thick, extended 2,150ft and includes 17 towers over 100ft tall. Count d'Anjou, Louis I, had the castle modified and in 1373 commissioned the famous "Apocalypse Tapestry"
that hangs in the Gallery. Louis II, added the chapel and Royal apartments in 1405-1412. The chapel keeps enshrined relic, a splinter of a True Cross acquired by Louis IX.

Visited September 2013
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“Enjoyed Beautiful Rainbow Lawn Designs in Moat”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We did not take the inside Apocalypse tapestry tour. Instead we walked around the outside city sidewalks enjoying views of the fortresses 17 massive stone perimeter towers, the depth of the huge now-dry garden moat and the scenic views of the river Maine and city below. Besides looking down at the ornate formal moat gardens there was also a vast lawn design containing a rainbow of plastic/metal ribbons in a swirling, interconnected pattern on both sides of the massive draw bridge.

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