The Château d’Angers is a dramatic fortress build on a site with strategic value, there has been a fort here since Roman times. The current building was established in the 9th century by the Counts of Anjou and expanded in the the 13th century to give the current structure. Constructed from whitestone and black slate, with 17 circular towers around a 660m perimeter moat which was 40 meters deep. The wall are 3 meters thick and together provided a virtually impregnable defense.
The 40 meter deep moat and 17 towers of Angers
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The Apocalypse Tapestry commissioned by Louis I, the Duke of Anjou is also housed in the Château d’Angers in a purpose made building. The tapestry depicts the story of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation in 90 colourful panels. Produced between 1377 and 1392 it is the the oldest medieval tapestry to have survived. The original tapestry, would have been 150m wide by 6m high in total. Only 71 of the scenes survive today and give us a dramatic view into medieval times.
Both the 13th century castle and the 14th century tapestry should be on your schedule.