A distinguished past...

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A distinguished past, a living heritage

Angers, capital of the historic province of Anjou, has grown through two millennia from the ancient hill-fort of the ‘Andes’ to a European conurbation for the 21st century...

The former church of the abbey of Toussaint is the setting for the work of sculptor David d’Angers
Some key dates

• About 50 BC: city of Juliomagus, headquarters of theAndes tribe.
• 10th century: Angers becomes the seat of the Counts of Anjou.
• About 1175: Hôpital de Saint-Jean founded by Henry II Plantaganet.
• 1232-1242: Castle built by Blanche of Castille and Saint Louis.
• 1373-1380: Apocalypse tapestry.
• 1409 –1480: René I, Duke of Anjou, Count of Provence, King of Naples and Sicily.
• 1598: In Angers King Henri IV writes the edict ending the religious wars, signed in Nantes.
• 1793: Angers caught up in the wars of the Vendée.
• 19th century: Growth of industry (e.g. Bessonneau spinning mills).
• 1957-1966: Jean Lurçat creates his tapestry, “The Song of the World”, on display in St John’s Hospital.
• What to see: the Saint-Jean complex (granaries, cloister and hospital); abbeys of Ronceray, Saint-Serge and Saint-Aubin; the Hôtel des Pénitentes; the House of Adam, the Blue House, the David d’Angers gallery, the Pincé museum, and much more.

“Man in glory in peace” (detail). From “The Song of the World” by Jean Lurçat
Fourteenth-century tapestry of the Apocalypse (detail)