The Top 10 Heritage Sites in Angers

Angers is a city of art and history – with this list you’ll be sure to see its most beautiful buildings, monuments and heritage attractions.

1. The Apocalypse Tapestry, a monumental work of art

Did you know that the world’s largest Medieval tapestry is in Angers Castel ? Commissioned in 1375 by Louis I of Anjou, this monumental piece depicts the historical, social and political situation in France in the 14th century. Produced in wool using the ‘de lice’ tapestry technique for an immaculate finish, it is 103 metres long by 4.5 metres high. Spectacular!

Visit the Apocalypse Tapestry

2. Angers Castle (Château d’Angers), in the footsteps of King René

When people mention Angers, they are bound to refer to its castle with its 17 enormous schist and sandstone towers. This fortress is one of the must-see monuments in Angers with its beautiful gardens and views of the city. Before you leave, make sure you see the Apocalypse Tapestry.

Visit Angers'Castel

 

 

3. Cathédrale Saint-Maurice, a soaring silhouette

This cathedral is a testament to Angevin Gothic art. From the bottom of the Saint-Maurice steps, admire its façade. It has conserved its 12th-century stained glass windows and houses an impressive collection of tapestry and gold religious works.

Visit the Cathédrale Saint-Maurice

4. Galerie David d’Angers and its light

An outstanding mixture of 13th-century architecture and modern design. 
This ancient abbey church covered over with a contemporary glass roof exalts the beauty of the lines and volumes of the sculptures of David d’Angers.

Visit the Galerie David d'Angers

5. Jean Lurçat and Contemporary Tapestry Museum, a sumptuous history-filled venue

Offering an example of French hospital architecture, the Hôpital St. Jean is among Angers’ exceptional heritage buildings. The main ward houses Jean Lurçat’s work the ‘Chant du Monde’, a poetic series of ten brightly coloured tapestries.

Visit Jean Lurçat and Contemporary Tapestry Museum

6. Collégiale Saint-Martin, one of the best preserved Carolingian monuments in France

After being destroyed and then rebuilt, this building has been magnificently restored. Around the nave, admire the numerous sculptures of the churches and chapels of Anjou and make sure to see the Antique ruins such as the archaeological crypt. You can also discover the venue through its arts programme which offers concerts and exhibitions throughout the year.

Visit the Collégiale Saint-Martin

7. The dreamy Château du Plessis-Bourré !

Situated away from it all in a pristine natural setting, this Medieval and Renaissance château surrounded by a moat has a number of surprises in store for you. In the company of an enthusiastic guide, visit the rooms of the château and travel through its history and that of its owners.

Visit the Château du Plessis-Bourré

8. The Maison d’Adam, an intricately decorated half-timbered house

Right in the centre of town, this half-timbered house is the most remarkable of its kind still standing in Angers. Look up to discover its decorative carvings and statues. A must-see on your stroll around Angers! !

9. The Grand Théâtre, Place du Ralliement

This square is where Angevine people often choose to meet, so it has to be on your itinerary. One of the reasons the square is so popular is the superb façade of the grand theatre carved from white tufa stone. It is one of the city’s most emblematic buildings.

10. Château de Brissac, a towering château full of history

Still lived in by the Cossé Brissac family, Château de Brissac has 200 rooms, splendid gold leaf ceilings, tapestries, exquisite furniture, its own delightful theatre and monumental façades. It is also the tallest château in Europe!

Visit Château de Brissac

That’s it for the top ten, but there are also a few others which, although not open to visit all year round, definitely deserve a mention:

La Maison Bleue, outstanding mosaic design
This building, typical of the Art Deco period, features many unique tiled details and is a significant example of its style. It was entirely covered in tiles by Isidore Odorico, a Rennes-born mosaic artist. We recommend that you look carefully to take it all in. On the corner of Boulevard Foch and Rue d’Alsace.

Ancien Couvent de la Baumette and its five centuries of history
Built from argillaceous slate, this former convent building has a rich history and boasts a breathtaking view over the river Maine and the town of Angers. Typically Angevin in style, the serenity of its gardens and cloister make it an inviting place to relax.
The Ancien Couvent de la Baumette is open for visits every third Sunday of the month from May to the end of October, from 10 am to 6 pm.

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