Angers is the capital of the Maine-et-Loire Region in an area known as the 'Garden of France'. It stands proudly on the River Maine with the old town on the south bank dominated by its formidable castle. Although important in both English as well French history, it has much to offer the person of today.Angers was founded by the Romans. In the medieval period was the centre of power for the Dukes of Anjou who with George V gave rise to the Plantagenets. The castle became the home of Henry II of England and his royal family. Louis IX developed its defences with an incredible outer wall including 17 massive towers and moat, which forms beautiful gardens today. The old town is noted for its enormous 14th century Apocalypse Tapestry, 12 & 13th century cathedral, 17th century monastery and it Renaissance mansions.
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