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.
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