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Angers town guide

Angers

One hundred and eighty miles south west of Paris and fifty miles East of Nantes hire car drivers will find this modern sophisticated city on the banks of the River Maine at the western end of the Loire Valley. The city of Angers provides an ideal base for exploring the Anjou region of France with its chateaux and fine houses.

The Cathedral is superb, there are tours in English during July and August, the tours are given by volunteer guides who have a reputation for being light hearted and full of humour. Don't miss the saint with the head of a dog.

The wonderful chateau of Angers was started in the ninth century and has the remains of seventeen towers. It was the home and fortress of the Comtes d'Anjou and later the palace of the Plantagenet Kings, at one time it was a prison and much later used by the Germans as a munitions dump, only to be bombed by the allies.

Visitors to the Chateau should ensure that they do not miss seeing the fourteenth century Apocalypse Tapestries which were rescued from use as a canopy to protect a damaged church wall.

A different experience can be found at the Musee Jean Lurcat which is an ancient hospital and dispensary. It also contains the interesting twentieth century tapestry Le Chant du Monde which depicts life cycles in an intriguing manner.

The Angers night life is enhanced by a large student population.

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