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“There is a brooding presence about”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Castle of Angers

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
Sydney, Australia
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“There is a brooding presence about”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

You have to come at night when its floodlit and the grey schist walls look black and overpowering. There is a brooding presence about.
Circum- ambulate the chateau following the broad ,deep,dry moat,punctuated by 17 circular towers,the base of which showcases the parterre gardens. Its hard to believe that the whole complex many times larger then any medieval cathedral,took only 10 years to build.
All the towers were transformed into flat topped gun batteries,long ago in the mists of time. This becomes apparent as you make the ascent towards the walls which bear bands of white limestone and granite,giving emphasis to their solidity.
Architecturally,the most remarkable aspect of Angers is the sheer regularity in both elevation and scale on such an uneven site. However, don't let the mighty walls raise your expectations of what lies inside. Much has been demolished....but the fine tapestries ,especially the 'Apocalypse' hang in the gallery. The ramparts lead to a pleasant roof-top garden providing bird's-eye views of the planted parterres in the dry moats below.
I loved the brooding bit at night with the floodlights.

Visited July 2013
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“Interesting and well preserved with great views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

We had hot dry weather for visiting this castle fortress. The small museum is also very interesting and the views over the river, from the walls are really good. The garden also looks great from the walls and a small garden outside the walls.

Visited July 2013
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Tempe, Arizona
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“Classic castle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Don't let the round fortress fool you. Inside is David D'Angers castle and museum. It's a beautiful place and doesn't take too long to walk through. Also, the tourism office is the same parking area sells great souvenirs (not cheap ones) for a good price.

Visited May 2013
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Brasilia, DF
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“A castle transformed into a fortress”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

A castle turned into a fortress built with two different kind of stones and colors makes Angers castle unique. Founded in the 9th century by the Counts of Anjou, was expanded to its current size in the 13th century by the queen Blanche of Castile, regent during the minority of his son, the king Louis IX of France. The castle fortress is located overhanging the river Maine and is home of the Apocalypse Tapestry, one of most prized French treasures. The Château d'Angers has also very beautiful gardens, even in wintertime. As a tribute to its fortitude, the castle has never been taken by any invading force in history.

Visited January 2014
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Wem, United Kingdom
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“Great for a full days visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

Staying with friends nearby and we had promised ourselves a visit to the Castle of Angers. Parked right outside and went in. First discovery, they have the 14th century "Apocalypse Tapestry". Makes the Bayeux look small.

This is a fantastic place to visit. The walls give a fantastic view of Angers and the river, the buildings inside are interesting and full of history, all in all a great place to spend a day.

Visited May 2013
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