Angers is a city in northwest France known for its rich history and fascinating landmarks. It is a hub of culture, featuring many museums, castles and universities. Travelers visit the region to learn about medieval culture and appreciate the serene ambiance.
Tour the ninth-century Château d’Angers that overlooks the River Maine. Learn about Louis IX, who ordered its construction. Inside is the Apocalypse Tapestry, said to be the largest set of medieval tapestries in the world. The work, which depicts the tale of the apocalypse from the Bible, was completed in 1382.
Visit the 11th-century Angers Cathedral, which is also known as the Cathédrale Saint-Maurice d’Angers. Admire the intricate patterns in the stained-glass windows and two large spires of the gothic construction. The grand pipe organ dates back to the 1600s. Look for the 13th-century painted wall that was not discovered until 1980.
Browse the collections of art at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in the Toussaint complex. Sculptures and paintings dating back to the 14th century are shown on the Fine Art tour. Contemporary works are upstairs. Take the History of Angers tour to learn about the city’s past. The Garden of Fine Arts and city library are in the same complex. Take a break from learning about art with a snack or drink at the site’s café.
Enjoy a tranquil walk on the spacious pedestrianized area around the Place du Ralliement in the center of town. Meet friends near the carousel in its center. Boutique stores are located in the square and small streets leading off the plaza. Dine al fresco at one of the restaurants with seating out in the square. The 19th-century Grande Théâtre overlooks the Place du Ralliement.
Angers is 190 miles (306 kilometers) southwest of France’s capital, Paris. Use the city’s tram system for simple transportation. Consider using Angers as your base to explore the surrounding Loire Valley. Often called the “Garden of France,” this scenic region is dotted with vineyards and châteaux set among rolling hills.