Angers, France

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CurrencyEuro
Local languageFrench
Country France

Introduction

Angers was an important cultural centre in 15th century Europe, so visitors can enjoy its rich heritage - particularly the tapestries - and experience the delights of the Loire Valley. As one of France’s main wine-growing regions, there are vineyard tours aplenty, some even include a cruise or an overnight stay. The town itself has many landmarks worthy of appreciation, the most prominent being the Chateau d’Angers, a medieval castle that overlooks the river Maine. Inside it houses the Apocalypse Tapestry, a 14th century piece of woven material that’s 103 metres long. The morbid title is due to the scenes illustrated, that show a time when famine and plague were rife. For more tapestries visit Jean Lurçat and Contemporary Tapestry Museum which has work from the 1950s to the present day. Once you’re done with sightseeing, head to one of the many bistros in town for wine and ‘rillauds’, pork belly marinated in brine and then slow cooked.

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