I visited Monte Saint Michel, Etretat and Saint Malo but I skip them in my travelogue because there are some hundreds photos from there on TE. The weather was still rainy and cloudy, so my photos are not specially good. And the same was in Angers.
Angers was, before the French Revolution, the capital of the province of Anjou, and inhabitants of both the city and the province are called Angevins.
Angers was for centuries an important stronghold in northwestern France. It is the cradle of the Plantagenet dynasty and was during the reign of René of Anjou one of the intellectual centres of Europe. Angers developed at the confluence of three rivers, the Mayenne, the Sarthe, and the Loir, all coming from the north and flowing south to the Loire. Their confluence, just north of Angers, creates the Maine, a short but wide river that flows into the Loire several kilometers south. The Angers metropolitan area is a major economic centre in western France, particularly active in the industrial sector, horticulture, and business tourism.[
Angers enjoys a rich cultural life, made possible by its universities and museums. The old medieval centre is still dominated by the massive château of the Plantagenêts, home of the Apocalypse Tapestry, the biggest medieval tapestry ensemble in the World. Angers is also both at the edge of the Val de Loire, a World Heritage Site, and the Loire-Anjou-Touraine regional natural park.
The Château d'Angers was founded in the 9th century by the Counts of Anjou, was expanded to its current size in the 13th century. It is located overhanging the river Maine. Now open to the public, the Château d'Angers is home of the Apocalypse Tapestry.
With its massive towers, it is the most impressive "real" castle that I saw in the Loire Valley.
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snunney (90030) 2014-01-19 3:28
A grey day in Angers, I had the same experience when I was there:-( The point of view is well chosen to show us these impressive fortifications with their massive walls once surrounded by a moat. Good rendering of the textural detail.
macjake (61504) 2014-01-19 3:45
as you say, the other castles are well represented on TE.
This Angers Castle...I've never ever heard or seen it before in a photo. Its surprising because its amazing!
The 2 tall round sections here in the middle look like 2 elephant legs! :)
what a striking scene this is, i'm very impressed.
were you able to go inside?
I'd love to see this in person, thanks for this Unique post.
Sergiom (67502) 2014-01-19 3:54
Très surprenantes ces fortifications.Tu as réussi à prendre assez de recul pour nous en montrer une bonne partie. J'aime les lignes horizontales au sommet.
Noel_Byrne (27440) 2014-01-19 4:04
This is a beautiful place, in particular I like the detail of the brickwork, rare to see that in a mighty fortress! The formal gardens look beautiful from this view also, and again in stark contrast to the purpose of this place. The portcullis raised up in the air gives an indication of how impenetrable this would have been.
A very mighty castle and a very fine capture of it!
Thanks as always
Bournazel (0) 2014-01-19 12:41
Nice Place !! of course, I live here, this is my town , my castle ;-)
Your Note is very fine Thanks for visit us !!
parvatibb (1387) 2014-01-19 13:11
Hımm you stared your French series. I like it. A little bit sun light would be perfect but of course we can’t control the air. I could be OK with cold and no sun however rain really is the worse.
carlo62 (38749) 2014-01-19 14:03
maestoso castello, tenuto in perfetto stato, il tempo non era certamente favorevole, ma ne hai tirato fuori uno scatto interessante e di ottima qualità.
jjcordier (79054) 2014-01-19 22:17
Tu as réalisé une bonne photo de ce château d'Angers aux fortifications vraiment impressionnantes.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-01-20 0:13
ogromna ta budowla robi wrazenie,dobrze pokazana,swietny opis,pozdrawiam