Angers city crest  Angers, Maine-et-Loire département  Anjou

Angers Cathedral and Castle Angers, the capital of the historic Province of Anjou, is considered among the most beautiful cities in France. Foremost among its notable churches is the soaring twin-spired Cathedral of Saint Maurice (12th-13th century). In contrast is the massive, broad and brooding Castle (château) of Angers (a replacement from the early 13th century), with its moat and magnificent towers. The site, occupied by celtic tribes (the Andecavi, a Gallic tribe that was overrun by the Romans), became a great gallo-roman town, Juliomagus, after the insurgency died down. The city suffered severely from the invasions of the Normans (in 845 and succeeding years). Today the castle of Angers houses a tapestry museum that includes the famous, 140 meters long Apocalypse series of Nicholas Bataille who did the weaving and Hennequin de Bruges did the painting. Angers lies along the Maine River 5 miles (8 km) above the latter's junction with the Loire River, northeast of Nantes and west of Tours.

Angers Cathedral and Castle 
1941 Stamp of FranceThe flower beds and lawns, which decorate the ancient filled-in moat, cannot distract one from the forboading feeling one experiences in front of 165 ft high walls and the seventeen tours stringing out a half-mile. Upon a hill overlooking the River Maine, King and Saint Louis built this feudal citadel, inspired by the fortresses in the Holy Land. He had it rise upon the very site of the previous Château de Foulques, a name that evokes the history of Anjou from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries. Begun in 1230, the citadel was finished eleven years later and presented to the king's younger brother, Charles, to whom the province of Anjou (controlled by the Norman-English until 1204) had been given in appanage (based on medieval Latin appanare "to be provided with the means of subsistence" -- from ad - meaning "to" and pains - "bread").

Angers sponsors a wine fair each year in mid-winter. Clos de la Coulée de Serrant, near the Chateau de la Roche aux Moines (west of the city of Angers, near Savennières), produces white wine (chenin blanc). It is a typical produit one finds along the Loire and at the local fair: Domaine de Rochambeau is 10km due south of Angers on the southside of the Loire. It relates that Chenin grapes have been grown in the Valley since the 15th century.

Ingelger I, Viscount of Anjou and Orléans (845 - 888) held territory around Orléans and Angers at the end of the 9th century. The son of Tertullus (or Tertulle) and wife Petronilla (whose grandfather was Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne), Ingelger was born in Anjou and christened at St. Martin in Tours. His son, Fulk I (Foulques), became the Count of Anjou. After Robert the Strong, he directed the resistance to the Norman invasions along the Loire. Ingeleger eventually died at the age of 43 in Tours. Through his descendant Geoffrey Plantagenêt, (Count of Anjou and Duke of Normandy), father of Henry II of England, he is an ancestor to the present-day British royal family, including Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, her son, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and this webmaster. Fulk I was permanently at war with the Normans and the Bretons. He occupied the county of Nantes in 907, but abandoned it to the Bretons in 919. More about the counts and families who held claim to Anjou is HERE.

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