Curiosities of Angers!!

Once again looking back into my older posts realised I have several pictures not included and they should. This is again on Angers , a wonderful city in the dept 49 of Maine et Loire and in the region Pays de la Loire of my belle France. There are some nice buildings here that should be mentioned fully and I take this opportunity to offer me and you this new post with older pictures.

France Loisirs is a chain specializing in the sale of books, CDs, DVDs, video games and other cultural products and services. We have use it once in a while, they are a good source for these types of items and the one in Angers is very nice indeed France Loisirs at Galerie le Palace, 16 Rue Louis de Romain , webpage :


A wonderful walk to do  as a must in Angers is to climb up and down the Montée St MauriceThe Montée St Maurice was under the Ancien Régime (monarchy), only a steep and winding alley, going up from the rue Baudrière ( nice current Pied-Boulet fountain) to the Cathedral St Maurice (see post) ,wonderful steps. The houses that accompany it date from different periods, between the end of the Middle Ages and the 18C. After several attempts at development in the end ,the decision to pass an expressway along the Maine river led at the end of the 1970s to the complete destruction of all the slums at the foot of the rock of the Cité , and the Montée Saint-Maurice therefore ends on an esplanade (now Promenade Jean Turc) converted into a garden with a large circular basin in the axis of the cathedral, inaugurated in 1986.Walk it is wonderful and great views from the top.


The Place Mondain Chanlouineau next to the Les Halles and not far from the Cathedrale St Maurice, and walking distance to the castle of Angers, A very nice shopping/eataries spot in Angers, Easy for the road warrior in us, parking Ralliement webpage :


The Logis Pincé is a Renaissance-style building built between 1528 and 1535.This mansion, located rue Lenepveu, in the heart of the city of Angers. In 1861, the painter Angevin Guillaume Bodinier bought it to offer it to the city of ‘Angers to create a museum there from the collections of the painter Lancelot-Théodore Turpin de Crissé. In 1889, the museum was opened to the public. It is devoted to Greek, Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities, as well as Chinese and Japanese art. The collections are dedicated to Mediterranean antiques and oriental arts. Greek and Roman ceramics, glassware and bronzes; representations of Egyptian gods, funeral rites, hieroglyphics and everyday life; bronzes, ceramics, prints, lacquers, porcelains and Japanese theatrical masks; bronzes, ceramics, glassware and Chinese art fabrics. The collections come in particular from generous donors of the 19-20C such as Lancelot-Théodore Turpin de Crissé, Edouard Moll, the Count of Saint-Genys or even Le Bault de la Morinière. webpage:


The Episcopal Palace of Angers, dating from the middle of the 9C, reflects the successive changes made over the centuries to take into account the changes in taste and functions attributed to this building. The residence of the bishops of Angers has been documented on this site since the middle of the 9C. However, the original building was completely rebuilt in the second quarter of the 12C at the initiative of Bishop Ulger , It was perhaps the bishop himself, present in 1131 at the coronation of King Louis VII, who inspired the choice of the Tau-shaped architecture, the only one of its kind with Reims preserved in France. The low vaulted hall and the synodal hall still bear witness to the high architectural and decorative quality of the construction of this time. In the 16C, Bishop François de Rohan had the main staircase on the main courtyard rebuilt, However, it was especially under the episcopate of Mgrs Angebault and Freppel, in the 19C, that the building underwent major transformations, a second entrance courtyard rue de l’Oisellerie bordered by a new wing, and completes the staircase of the main courtyard, commonly called the staircase of Rohan. Thus composed, attached to the cathedral of which it has always been an ornament and complement, this building is a rare witness to eight centuries of history. Webpage:


There are more than fifty sculptures in the streets and parks of Angers. Erected on May 31, 1853, the statue of King René was the first to be installed in the city. It is the work of the sculptor David d’Angers who has his gallery-museum a few steps away (see post), The statue was paid for by Count Théodore de Quatrebarbes. The base of the statue is adorned with twelve statuettes of characters who embody history from the province of Anjou: the Gaul Dumnacus, Roland, Robert le Fort, Foulques Nerra, Foulques V, Henri II Plantagenet, Philippe Auguste, Charles I of Anjou, Louis I of Anjou, Isabelle of Lorraine (first wife of the king René), Jeanne de Laval (his second wife), Marguerite d’Anjou (his daughter). The plasters of these twelve statuettes are visible at the entrance to the David-d’Angers gallery. City of Angers on statues:


The Tour St Aubin at Rue des Lices is part of the former Saint-Aubin abbey, which was founded in the 7C, and which was dispersed during the French revolution. The bell tower of the Saint-Aubin abbey is less old than its adjoining abbey. It was erected in the 12C. It dominates the city of Angers from its 54 meters high. In the Middle Ages, the Saint-Aubin tower served as a watchtower. This tower alone formed a small fortress with loopholes and wells. Like other abbey towers from the same period, it was erected outside the abbey itself. With the ravages of time and the various successive occupations and multiple uses, the tower ended up falling into ruin. During the 19C, the belfry, the campanile and the roof were destroyed. It later became a plumb tower for the manufacture of shotguns. In the first half of the 20C, it housed the Museum of Industry, then a meteorological observatory. Nowadays, it hosts temporary artistic exhibitions. webpage:


There you go folks, a nice walk to see some wonderful architectural stunning building in pretty Angers. Enjoy the walk, the best way to see a place, and Angers is no difference. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I. And remember, happy travels, good health, andn many cheers to all!!!

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