Top Choice Chateau in Angers

Château d’Angers

Looming above the river, this forbidding medieval castle – seat of power of the once-mighty counts of Anjou – is ringed by moats, 2.5m-thick walls and 17 massive round towers. The centrepiece is the stunning Tenture…
Top Choice Museum in Angers

Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine

Inspired by Tenture de l’Apocalypse in the château, Jean Lurçat (1892–1966) began his epic tapestry masterpiece, Chant du Monde (Song of the World; 1957–61), 12 years after the end of WWII; scenes depict everything …
Landmark in Angers

Montée St-Maurice

The square in front of the Cathédrale St-Maurice is linked to a fountain and the river by the monumental Montée St-Maurice staircase.
Church in Angers

Cathédrale St-Maurice

Angers' austere, mainly 12th- to 13th-century cathedral has a striking Norman porch and nave (mid-1100s); the latter's three convex vaults, forming a perfect square, are outstanding examples of mid-12th-century Ange…
Historic Building in Angers

Maison d'Adam

Right behind Cathédrale St-Maurice stands the Maison d’Adam, one of the city’s best-preserved medieval houses (c 1500), which is decorated with a riot of carved, bawdy wooden sculptures. The Tree of Life, on the cor…
Museum in Angers

Galerie David d’Angers

The Angers-born sculptor Pierre-Jean David (1788–1856), aka David d’Angers, is renowned for his lifelike sculptures, which adorn public monuments such as the Panthéon and can be seen in the Louvre and Paris' Père La…
Art Museum in Angers

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Has a section on the history of Angers and a superior 17th- to 20th-century collection (mainly paintings) that ranges from French masters Ingres, Fragonard and Watteau to the Florentine Lorenzo Lippi to Flemish and …
Historic Site in Angers

Quartier de la Cité

One of the earliest examples of Angevin (Plantagenet) architecture in France, the Gothic Cathédrale St-Maurice is distinguished by its rounded ribbed vaulting, 15th-century stained glass and 12th-century portal depi…