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.
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