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Angers Castle (in French Château d'Angers), is a castle located in the city of Angers, in the department of Maine-et-Loire, in France.
The fortress, on a rocky promontory overlooking the Maine River, was one of the sites occupied by the Roman Empire because of its strategic defensive position.
In the ninth century the fortress was under the authority of the powerful Counts of Anjou, being part of the Angevin Empire of the Plantagenet Kings of England during the twelfth century. In 1204, the region was reconquered by King Philip II of France and the huge castle was built by his grandson, King Louis IX (St. Louis) in the early thirteenth century.
The fortress consists of almost 600 m in circumference, and is protected by seventeen towers. The castle walls cover 25,000 m². In 1352, King John II of France the Good gave the castle to his son Luis I of Anjou, married to the daughter of the Duke of Brittany, who remodeled it and in 1373 commissioned the famous "Tapestry of the Apocalypse" by the painter Hennequin de Brujas and the Parisian upholstery weaver Nicolas Bataille.
Louis II of Anjou (the son of Louis I) added a chapel (1405-1412) and royal apartments to the complex. The chapel is a sainte chapelle, the name given to the churches that preserved a relic of the Passion.
The relic in Angers was a splinter of the True Cross fragment that had been acquired by Louis IX.
In the early 1400s, the Dolphin of France, who with the help of Joan of Arc would become King Charles VII of France, had to escape from Paris and took refuge in the castle of Angers.
During the Wars of religion, Henry III gave the order to gut the site (square) so that it did not fall into the hands of the Protestants. They began to uncork the towers, but the work was interrupted and its defensive capacity was maintained by installing artillery at the top of the terraces.
At the end of June 1793, the Vendée Army attacked the stronghold, which proved its worth and resisted the bombing of the cannons, so they renounced invading the castle.
A military academy was established in the castle to train young officers in war strategies. In a twist of fate, Arthur Wellesley, 1st. Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) who is best known for participating in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Waterloo was trained at the Angers Military Academy.
During World War II the Allied bombings reached an ammunition depot whose explosion damaged the walls.
Today, owned by the city of Angers, it has been converted into a museum that stores the oldest and largest collection of medieval tapestries in the world, with the 14th-century Tapestry Tapestry as one of its invaluable treasures.
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Angers plant garden
The Angers Plant Garden (in French: Jardin des Plantes d'Angers), is a leisure park and promenade, former botanical garden, 4 hectares in length, located in the heart of Angers in the Pays de la Loire region , France.
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San Juan Hospital (Angers)
The St. John's hospital (in French, l'hôpital Saint-Jean) is an old medieval hospital in France, a monument of the Gothic Angevin de Angers (Maine-et-Loire). The San Juan hospital housed until 1870 the Hôtel-Dieu de Angers, one of the oldest hospitals in the country that still existed at that time.
The San Juan hospital was classified as a historical monument on the 1840 list.
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Palace of the Tau (Angers)
The Palace of Tau (in French, Palais du Tau) is an old palace of France of medieval origin, the former episcopal palace of the Bishop of Angers, now a diocesan house of works. It is located next to the Cathedral of St. Mauritius, in the center of the city of Angers. It rests on an old wall dating from the third century at the site of the porte angevine. The basements and one of the palace towers reuse part of the wall.
It was subject to a classification to the title of historical monument since October 23, 1907. .