Monday’s Travel Photos – Angers Castle, France

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We had passed the castle in Angers on many occasions on our way to Nantes before finally visiting it during a cycling trip. The impressive ramparts of the 13th century fortress built on a spur overlooking the Maine River enclose several buildings, including the Royal Logis and 15th century Chapel. However, its greatest claim to fame is  the Apocalypse Tapestry  produced between 1377 and 1382, the oldest French mediaeval tapestry to have survived. It consists of six sections, each 24 metres x 6 metres, comprising 90 different scenes, focussing on the heroic aspects of the last confrontation between good and evil. Definitively worth a visit.

Angers Castle Keep

Angers Castle Keep

Angers Castle from the side of the ramparts

Angers Castle from the side of the ramparts

Formel garden in the old moat

Formel garden in the old moat

Chapel at Angers Castle

Chapel at Angers Castle

Small building

Logis Royal next to the chapel

Lion King from the Apocalypse Tapestry

Lion King from the Apocalypse Tapestry

The Slaying of the Dragon

The Slaying of the Dragon

View of the Loire from the castle ramparts

View of the Loire from the castle ramparts

Landscaped garden

Landscaped garden

Overhead view of ramparts (photo taken from poster)

Overhead view of ramparts (photo taken from poster)

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7 Responses to Monday’s Travel Photos – Angers Castle, France

  1. Antoinette says:

    We visited Angers in the 1990’s and those tapestries are spectacular! Keep telling Susan she should go and see them.

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      They are quite lovely. I’m surprised Susan hasn’t been! I think that they have been reinstalled since the 1990s. Bit difficult to photograph though because of the muted lighting.

  2. breadispain says:

    WOW! That looks so cool – so different from a lot of other castles. We will have to venture up there – so many places to go – every time I read your blog I add another one to the list!

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      Yes, Angers is not like the other castles in the Loire Valley, and the tapestry is certainly worth going to. I’m delighted to give you so many places to go!

  3. Andrea says:

    We came across Angers by chance a few years ago and loved it. I love this style of castle! I didn’t get to visit the nearby Cointreau factory but I definitely plan to next time. 🙂

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