Château d’Angers

The Château d’Angers is a fortress style château located in the Loire Valley that is home of the Apocalypse Tapestry.

Nearly 600 m (2,000 ft) in circumference, and protected by seventeen massive towers, the walls of the Château encompass 6.17 acres (25,000 m²). Two pairs of towers form the city and landward entrances of the Château. Each of the towers was once 40 metres in height, but they were later cut down for the use of artillery pieces. The Tour du Moulin is the only tower which conserves the original elevation.

Originally this Château was built as a fortress one of the sites inhabited by the Romans because of its strategic defensive location. In the 9th century, the fortress came under the authority of the powerful Counts of Anjou, becoming part of the Angevin empire of the Plantagenet Kings of England during the 12th century. In 1204, the region was conquered by Philip II and an enormous Château was built during the minority of his grandson, Louis IX (“Saint Louis”) in the early part of the 13th century. In 1352, John II le Bon, gave the Château to his son, Louis I. Married to the daughter of the wealthy Duke of Brittany, Louis had the Château modified, and in 1373 commissioned the famous Apocalypse Tapestry from the painter Hennequin de Bruges and the Parisian tapestry-weaver Nicolas Bataille. In the early 15th century, the hapless dauphin who, with the assistance of Joan of Arc would become King Charles VII, had to flee Paris and was given sanctuary at the Château in Angers.

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