Enter into a vast fortress lying in the heart of Angers, a town of art and history. Marvel at the elegant buildings and gardens of the château where the Dukes of Anjou held court and admire the largest known medieval tapestry: the Apocalypse tapestry.
Angers, the capital of the historical province of Anjou, is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities of France.
Foremost among its many notable structures, is the magnificient twin-spirated Cathedral of saint Maurice , 12 th – 13th century, and the massive chateau of Angers, early 13 th century, with its moat and soaring towers. Angers was once inhabited by fierce Celtic people who tenaciously opposed the Roman penetration.
The court of Rene on Anjou, known as the Good, regent of Sicily and Jerusalem resided here. A man of letters and benefactor of the local community, he was fond of fetes and tournaments where were often held at the castle,
The religious wars later led to the decline of the castle and Henry III ordered it to be demolished in 1585. The cylindrical towers of the pentagonal stronghold began to be torn down and the conical roof and the upper part were dismantled. When Henry IV came to the throne the destruction came to a halt and Angers was the scene of the engagement of Cesar of Vendome with Francoise of Lorraine. It was restores in 1950.
In 1373, the King of France, Charles V, lent his brother Louis I, Duke of Anjou, the manuscrpt of an “Apocalypse in French fully illustrated and historiated: This inspired the Duke to commission “large tapestries of the story of the Apocalypse:.
Today the castle of Angers houses a tapestry museum that includes the famous Apocalypse series of Nicholas Bataille who did the weaving and Hennequin de Bruges did the painting. It is 140 meters long.