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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...

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.

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