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1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

The Maine, the castle, and the spires of the cathedral

Angers
Angers
(French: [ɑ̃ʒe] ( listen)) is a city in western France, about 300 km (190 mi) southwest of Paris. It is chef-lieu of the Maine-et-Loire
Maine-et-Loire
department and was, before the French Revolution, the capital of the province of Anjou. The inhabitants of both the city and the province are called Angevins. The commune of Angers
Angers
proper, without the metropolitan area, is the third most populous in northwestern France
France
after Nantes
Nantes
and Rennes
Rennes
and the 17th in France.[1] Angers
Angers
is the historical capital of Anjou
Anjou
and was for centuries an important stronghold in northwestern France. It is the cradle of the Plantagenet
Plantagenet
dynasty and was during the reign of René of Anjou
Anjou
one of the intellectual centers of Europe. Angers
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
Angers
metropolitan area is a major economic center in western France, particularly active in the industrial sector, horticulture, and business tourism.[2] Angers
Angers
proper covers 42.70 square kilometers (16.5 sq mi)[3] and has a population of 147,305 inhabitants, while around 394,700 live in its metropolitan area. The Angers
Angers
Loire Métropole is made up of 30 communes covering 540 square kilometers (208 square miles) with 287,000 inhabitants. Angers
Angers
enjoys a rich cultural life, made possible by its universities and museums. The old medieval center is still dominated by the massive château of the Plantagenêts, home of the Apocalypse
Apocalypse
Tapestry, the biggest medieval tapestry ensemble in the world. Angers
Angers
is also both at the edge of the Val de Loire, a World Heritage Site, and the Loire-Anjou- Touraine
Touraine
regional natural park.

Contents

1 Toponymy

1.1 Etymology 1.2 Nicknames 1.3 Heraldry

2 Geography

2.1 Location 2.2 Metropolitan area 2.3 Climate 2.4 Urban morphology 2.5 Green areas

3 History

3.1 Prehistory and Antiquity 3.2 Middle Ages 3.3 Renaissance 3.4 Classical period 3.5 French Revolution 3.6 Since 1800

4 Administration 5 Demographics 6 Economy 7 Health and education 8 Transport 9 Culture

9.1 Main sights 9.2 Museums 9.3 Entertainment and performing arts 9.4 Media

10 Sport 11 People from Angers 12 Twin cities 13 See also 14 Notes 15 References 16 Further reading 17 External links

Toponymy[edit] Etymology[edit]

The town is called Andegavum Angers
Angers
on this 1657 engraving

The city is first mentioned by Ptolemy
Ptolemy
around AD 150 in his Geography. It was then known as Juliomagus (Greek: Ιουλιομαγος, Iouliomagos),[4][5] a name by which it also appears in the Tabula Peutingeriana. The name is a compound of the Latin name Julius
Julius
(probably in reference to Julius
Julius
Caesar) and the Celtic magos, "market". Similar town dedications were common in Roman Gaul, and toponyms often kept a Gallic element.[6] When the location needed to be distinguished from other Juliomagi, it was known as Juliomagus Andecavorum ("Juliomagus of the Andecavi"), in reference to the principal Gallic tribe in and around the city.[7] Around AD 400, the city came to be referred to as the civitas Andecavorum ("tribal capital of the Andecavi"). This was a common change in Gaul, also seen in the names of Paris, Tours
Tours
and Évreux around this time.[8] During the Middle Ages, the late Latin name gradually developed into the modern one. It is successively mentioned as Andecava civitas (6th century), Andecavis (AD 769),[4] Andegavis (861 x 882), Angieus (in 1127) and Angeus (in 1205). The form Angiers appeared during the 12th century[9] and was later corrupted to "Angers". The Latin Andecavum gave also Anjou
Anjou
its name. This double formation is quite common in France
France
and is also seen in Poitiers
Poitiers
& Poitou
Poitou
and Bourges
Bourges
& Berry. Nicknames[edit] Angers
Angers
was traditionally known as the "Black City" (la Ville Noire) from its slate roofs. As these have become less common since the development of the city in the 19th century,[10] the city has also been known as:

"The Athens
Athens
of the West" (Athènes de l'Ouest), a name borne since the 19th century from the development of its university[11] "The City of Flowers" (Ville des fleurs), a name from the Second Empire[12] "Green City" (Ville verte), in reference to its numerous parks and important horticultural industry " Angers
Angers
the White" ( Angers
Angers
la Blanche), from its modern tufa façades and with ironic reference to its former name[13]

Heraldry[edit]

Coat of arms of Angers

Coat of arms under Napoleon's rule

The coat of arms of Angers
Angers
bears the French royal fleur de lys of the dukes of Anjou
Anjou
(the first duke was the son of the king of France, Jean II); the key evokes the stronghold position of the city close to the Breton border. An acrostic from the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
calls it Antique clef de France, which means "Ancient key to France":

Antique clef de France, (antique key to France) Neteté de souffrance, (sharpness of displeasure) Garant contre ennemis, (protection against enemies) Etappe d'assurance, (step of assurance) Recours de secourance, (help of relief) Securité d'amis. (security for friends)

Under Napoleon I's rule, Angers
Angers
was one of the "Bonnes villes" and was therefore allowed to ask for a new coat of arms. The bees, symbol of the First French Empire, then replaced the royal fleurs de lys. In 1949, Angers
Angers
received the 1939–1945 War Cross and since then, the decoration is sometimes placed between the two fleurs de lys.[14] Angers
Angers
also had several mottos through its history:[15]

During Antiquity: Assiuis conciliis (or consiliis); From 1434 to 1480 (reign of René of Anjou): D'ardent désir; In 1499: Antique clef de France; Until June 1987: Angers, la qualité.

Geography[edit] Location[edit]

The confluence of the Maine and the Loire some 4 miles (6.4 km) south west of Angers[10]

Angers
Angers
in located at the geographical center of the Maine-et-Loire department, on the road which connects Paris
Paris
to the Atlantic ocean. The city is situated just south of the confluence of the Loir, Mayenne and Sarthe
Sarthe
which form together the river Maine. The Maine crosses Angers
Angers
and heads south towards the Loire. The confluence of the three rivers and the proximity of the Loire make up a natural crossroads which favoured the foundation of the antique Juliomagus. Angers
Angers
is located 91 km (57 mi) from Nantes, 124 km (77 mi) from Rennes, 132 km (82 mi) from Poitiers
Poitiers
and 297 km (185 mi) from Paris. It is also 118 km (73 mi) far from Pornic, the closest sea resort, situated on the Atlantic ocean. Elevation varies 12 to 64 meters (39 to 210 ft) above sea level.[16] Angers
Angers
is a hilly town, particularly marked by a rocky promontory dominating the lower valley of Anjou. This was the site of the ancient city and still houses the town's castle, cathedral, and medieval quarters. At the north and south, where the river Maine arrives in and leaves Angers, the landscape is formed by islands, ponds and floodplains which are a haven for birds and a typical flora of the Val de Loire. The étang Saint-Nicolas and Lac de Maine, both artificial, are among the biggest green areas of the city. Metropolitan area[edit] The commune of Angers
Angers
is bordered by ten other communes which form various suburbs. These are, clockwise, Avrillé, Cantenay-Épinard, Écouflant, Saint-Barthélemy-d'Anjou, Trélazé, Les Ponts-de-Cé, Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire, Bouchemaine
Bouchemaine
and Beaucouzé. 22 other communes situated farther form with them the Communauté urbaine Angers
Angers
Loire Métropole. All these peripheral communes are situated within 17 km (11 mi) from Angers
Angers
proper. Together, they have around 272,400 inhabitants. Climate[edit] Angers
Angers
has an oceanic climate, with moderate rain year-round. Winters have scarce frosts and snowfalls, and summers are warm and sunny.

Climate data for Angers
Angers
(located in Beaucouzé, 1981–2010)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 17.1 (62.8) 21.2 (70.2) 24.8 (76.6) 29.7 (85.5) 32.8 (91) 37.5 (99.5) 39.8 (103.6) 38.4 (101.1) 34.5 (94.1) 29.8 (85.6) 22.2 (72) 19.0 (66.2) 39.8 (103.6)

Average high °C (°F) 8.3 (46.9) 9.4 (48.9) 12.8 (55) 15.6 (60.1) 19.4 (66.9) 23.1 (73.6) 25.3 (77.5) 25.4 (77.7) 22.1 (71.8) 17.3 (63.1) 11.7 (53.1) 8.6 (47.5) 16.6 (61.9)

Average low °C (°F) 2.8 (37) 2.5 (36.5) 4.4 (39.9) 6.0 (42.8) 9.5 (49.1) 12.3 (54.1) 14.2 (57.6) 14.1 (57.4) 11.5 (52.7) 9.1 (48.4) 5.3 (41.5) 3.0 (37.4) 7.9 (46.2)

Record low °C (°F) −15.4 (4.3) −12.8 (9) −10.6 (12.9) −3.4 (25.9) −1.6 (29.1) 2.3 (36.1) 4.5 (40.1) 5.1 (41.2) 2.5 (36.5) −3.2 (26.2) −8.0 (17.6) −13.4 (7.9) −15.4 (4.3)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 69.2 (2.724) 54.8 (2.157) 51.6 (2.031) 56.6 (2.228) 57.9 (2.28) 43.2 (1.701) 52.1 (2.051) 41.3 (1.626) 55.0 (2.165) 71.8 (2.827) 67.8 (2.669) 72.0 (2.835) 693.3 (27.295)

Average precipitation days 11.6 9.0 9.8 10.1 10.1 6.7 6.3 6.3 7.8 10.7 11.2 11.5 111.1

Average snowy days 1.7 1.9 1.4 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 1.3 7.0

Average relative humidity (%) 88 84 80 77 77 75 74 76 80 86 89 89 81.3

Mean monthly sunshine hours 68.9 92.8 136.5 171.5 194.5 227.4 227.8 223.7 185.9 120.2 80.7 68.8 1,798.5

Source #1: Meteo France[17][18]

Source #2: Infoclimat.fr (humidity, snowy days 1961–1990)[19]

Urban morphology[edit]

Angers
Angers
around 1850, with the river Maine at the middle, the castle and the medieval town on the right bank and La Doutre and its river port on the left bank

The oldest streets and buildings in Angers
Angers
are located on the promontory where the castle stands. The urban structure there dates back from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries.[20] A military presence there has been attested since the 3rd century[21] and some remains of an antique city wall are still visible in the castle grounds[22] This wall was built to protect the city from the Germanic invasions of AD 275 & 276. The Castle was during the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
the core of the city defense system, composed of tall city walls and river chains to prevent enemy ships from going up the Maine. The walls were last reconstructed between 1230 and 1240, on an order of King Louis IX.[23] Today, portions of wall are still visible in Rue Toussaint and Boulevard Carnot, as well as some towers, like the Tour Villebon and the Tour des Anglais. Before the first cadastre (1810), the city had maintained much of its medieval limits: on and around the castle promontory, with some dwellings on the other bank of the Maine, a quarter called La Doutre. That part of the city experienced a quick development during the industrial revolution and became a big river port. Industry was encouraged by firms like Bessonneau (textile factories) and Cointreau (distillery). After 1850, many suburbs appeared around the train stations and the farther slate quarries in Trélazé. Despite the port in La Doutre, demographic growth and urban extension were still more important on the eastern bank of the Maine, on which the ancient Juliomagus was founded. The medieval city center was redeveloped and expanded from 1791. The Place du Ralliement, the main square, was then built in place of three churches destroyed during the French Revolution
French Revolution
and, later, ring boulevards planted with trees replaced the city walls. The architectural style used is mainly Haussmanian, but leaves sometimes room for Palladian, Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
or Art Deco
Art Deco
buildings. After 1945 and the Second World War, several large council estates made of tower blocks were built around the city center, the first of them being Belle-Beille in 1953. The industrial activities drastically changed; port activity declined whereas new factories, such as Technicolor SA
Technicolor SA
in 1957, emerged. During the 1970s, the modernist approach on urban extension was replaced by a more individualistic point of view and more and more detached houses were built for the middle class. The metropolitan area kept enlarging, commuting became general and new shopping areas were constructed close to the former villages engulfed by the city. Because of the floodplains that surround the city north and south, Angers
Angers
can only grow significantly on an east-west axis.

The Tour des Anglais, a remain of the medieval city walls

Traditional slated roof

Half-timbered houses in rue de l'Oisellerie

View of La Doutre; the industrial port has become a marina

The Place du Ralliement

A department store on a 19th-century street

A council estate in La Roseraie

Green areas[edit]

Gardens in the castle moat.

Being both at the edge of the Val de Loire
Val de Loire
World Heritage site and on the largest river confluence in France,[24] Angers
Angers
has a high natural potential, notably highlighted by the Saint-Aubin island, situated north of the center and covering a tenth of the city total surface. Protected, the island is formed of swamps and natural meadows. The oldest green areas date back from the Renaissance, when the moats of the castle were transformed into pleasure and kitchen gardens. Similar gardens were built by the aristocracy around their hôtels particuliers and medicinal gardens were planted in hospices cloisters. The Jardin des plantes, the first botanical garden, dates back from the beginning of the 18th century. During the 19th century, others were built, for example the Faculty of Pharmacy garden and the Roseraie. The first recreational parks, for their part, were built during the Second French Empire. The étang Saint-Nicolas, made by a sluice on a small river, the Brionneau, was protected as early as 1936. The Jardin du Mail (Mall Garden), an esplanade situated outside the ring boulevards, was built between 1820 and 1880 on the former Champs de Mars (Fields of Mars, a place where the garrisons used to train and parade). Another esplanade, the Mail François Mitterrand, was built in 1999 together with a garden inside the new Saint-Serge business district. During the 1960s the old gravel pits around the Maine were filled with water to form the Lac de Maine, which now hosts a marina. In 2010, a large amusement park, Terra Botanica, was inaugurated close to Saint-Aubin island.

The Saint-Aubin island protected area

Planted quays around the river Maine

Jardin du Mail

Sunset on the Lac de Maine

Terra Botanica

History[edit] See also: Timeline of Angers Prehistory and Antiquity[edit]

A model of a sword from the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
discovered in the 2000s in the Maine riverbed

The first sign of human presence in Angers
Angers
dates back to around 400,000 BC.[citation needed] Vestiges from the Neolithic
Neolithic
are more abundant and include numerous polished stone axes. Burials from 4500 x 3500 BC were also discovered in the actual castle grounds. During the 5th century BC, the Andecavi, a Celtic people, settled north of the Loire. By the end of the Age of Iron, Angers
Angers
was a relatively densely populated hillfort. The settlement's Roman name Juliomagus might be more ancient but is not attested before the 3rd century. The Roman town consisted of many villas and baths and had an amphitheater as well as a Mithraeum, a temple dedicated to Mithra. Successive Germanic invasions in AD 275 and 276 forced the inhabitants to move to the highest point of their city and to build a wall around a small area of around 9 hectares (22 acres). Middle Ages[edit]

The castle, seat of the Plantagenêt
Plantagenêt
dynasty

Angers
Angers
received its first bishop in 372 during the election of Martin of Tours. The first abbey, Saint-Aubin, was built during the 7th century to house the sarcophagus of Saint Albinius. Saint-Serge Abbey was founded by the Merovingian kings Clovis II
Clovis II
and Theuderic III
Theuderic III
a century later. In 2008, ten Frankish sarcophagi from that period were discovered where Saint-Morille church once stood during the tramway construction.[25] From the 850s, Angers
Angers
suffered from its situation on the border with Brittany
Brittany
and Normandy. In September 851, Charles the Bald
Charles the Bald
and Erispoe, a Breton chief, met in the town to sign the Treaty of Angers, which secured Breton independence and fixed the borders of Brittany. However, the situation remained dangerous for Angers, and Charles the Bald created in 853 a wide buffer zone around Brittany
Brittany
comprising parts of Anjou, Touraine, Maine and Sées, which was ruled by Robert the Strong, a great-grandfather of Hugh Capet. In 870, the Viking
Viking
chief Hastein
Hastein
seized Angers
Angers
where he settled until a successful siege temporarily displaced him. He again took control of the town in 873,[26] before the Carolingian
Carolingian
Emperor ousted him.

The Hospice Saint-Jean, founded by Henry II Plantagenêt

Fulk I of Anjou, a Carolingian
Carolingian
descendant, was the first viscount of Angers
Angers
(before 898 until 929) and of Tours
Tours
(898–909), and count of Nantes
Nantes
(909–919). Around 929, he took the title of count (earl) of Angers
Angers
and founded the first Anjou
Anjou
dynasty, the House of Ingelger (French: Ingelgeriens). Angers
Angers
subsequently formed the capital of the province of Anjou.[10] During the 12th century, after internal divisions in Brittany, the county of Nantes
Nantes
was annexed by Anjou. Henry II Plantagenêt
Plantagenêt
kept it for more than 30 years. At the same time, he also ruled the vast Angevin Empire, which stretched from the Pyrenees
Pyrenees
to Ireland.[27] The castle of Angers
Angers
was then the seat of the Court and the dynasty. The Empire disappeared in 1204–1205 when the King of France, Philip II, seized Normandy
Normandy
and Anjou. Henceforth there were no more counts of Anjou, as the French king had made Anjou
Anjou
a dukedom. Now a part of the Kingdom of France, Angers
Angers
became the "Key to the Kingdom" (Clé du Royaume) facing still independent Brittany. In 1228, during Louis IX's minority, Blanche of Castile
Blanche of Castile
decided to fortify the city and to rebuild the castle. Later, during the 1350s and 1360s, the schools of Law, Medicine and Theology, renowned in Europe, were organized into a university. In 1373, Louis I of Naples
Louis I of Naples
and Anjou ordered the six tapestries illustrating the Apocalypse
Apocalypse
of St John known today as the Apocalypse
Apocalypse
Tapestry. Renaissance[edit]

René of Naples and Anjou, nicknamed Good King René, and his second wife, Jeanne de Laval

King René of Anjou
Anjou
contributed to the economic revival in a city that had been diminished by the Black Death
Black Death
(1347–1350) and the Hundred Years War (1337–1453). A man of great culture and generosity, René transformed Angers
Angers
into a cultural and political center and held court there. He transformed the castle moat into a menagerie and built several gardens. He also founded in Angers
Angers
a new Ordre du Croissant which was supposed to compete with the Order of the Golden Fleece, created several years earlier. In 1474, Louis XI of France, in his attempt to conquer Anjou, came to Angers
Angers
with his army, asking for the keys of the city.[28] René, then 65 years old, did not want to lead a war against his nephew and surrendered his domains without a fight. Thus, Anjou
Anjou
ceased to be an appanage and fell into the Royal domain. After his death, René was buried in 1480 in Saint-Maurice cathedral.

The Logis Barrault, where the Edict of Nantes
Nantes
was prepared

In 1551, Angers
Angers
became the seat of a bailiwick and the présidial of a jurisdiction, a position the city kept until 1790. At the same time, with the growth of Protestantism
Protestantism
in France, a Catholic was placed at the head of the city and its castle while the bourgeoisie formed a Catholic militia to protect Angers
Angers
from the Huguenots. The bishop, Gabriel Bouvery, organized on his side an "Angevin League". When the news of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre
St. Bartholomew's Day massacre
arrived in Angers, a new massacre was organized in the city. The bodies of slain Protestants were thrown in the Mayenne. It is the aldermen who stopped the slaughter.[29] In 1598, the Edict of Nantes
Nantes
was prepared by Henri IV in Angers. From 6 March until 2 April, Angers
Angers
was de facto the capital of France
France
and the King tried all means to satisfy the Catholics of the city, for example by laying the cornerstone of the new Couvent des Capucins. Classical period[edit] In 1619, Louis XIII of France
France
gave the governance of Anjou
Anjou
to his mother, Marie de' Medici. The Queen Mother settled in Angers, at the Logis Barrault, with her chaplain, Cardinal Richelieu. At the premature death of Louis XIII in 1643, his son Louis XIV was only an infant. France
France
was troubled at this time by several famines and epidemics, and by political instability. In 1649, the people of Angers
Angers
revolted against rising taxes, the start of the Fronde
Fronde
in Anjou. The Fronde
Fronde
was a nationwide military conflict opposing some aristocrats wanting more autonomy and the Royal forces loyal to Anne of Austria as Queen Mother and Regent, and her prime minister, Cardinal Mazarin. Royalist repression in Angers
Angers
was narrowly averted by Bishop Henri Arnauld, who interceded with the Queen Mother. Arnauld, who would remain Bishop of Angers
Bishop of Angers
until 1692, was to leave a deep mark on the religious life of the city during the second half of the 17th century. In 1652, Henri Chabot, Duke of Rohan and governor of Anjou, decided to back Louis of Condé, leader of the Fronde. Angers
Angers
again became rebellious and Louis XIV sent his army to seize it. The Duke of Rohan immediately surrendered and thus again prevented the sack of the city. French Revolution[edit]

One of the cahiers de doléances written in Angers
Angers
in 1789

The first months of the French Revolution
French Revolution
were relatively quiet in Angers. In 1789, the city lost its ancient administrative positions, replaced in 1790 by the department of Mayenne-et-Loire, soon renamed "Maine-et-Loire". Anjou, as a political entity, disappeared, although the new department included most of its territory. The War of Vendée, a Royalist rebellion and counterrevolution led in Vendée, a department located at the southwest of Maine-et-Loire, reached the Loire in March 1793. The Royalist army soon crossed the river and progressed as far as Granville, in Normandy, in November. Pushed back, the Vendéens went back south and, to cross the Loire again, had to attack Angers. The city was defended by 4,000 Republican soldiers, whereas the Royalists were at least 20,000, but weakened by successive fights and deceases. The Siege of Angers
Siege of Angers
occurred on 3 and 4 December 1793. The Royalists' bad tactics, as well as the strength of Angers
Angers
city wall and castle, caused their loss. They consequently went back north for a while, around Le Mans, before crossing the Loire at Ancenis
Ancenis
on 16 December. In 1794, fierce repression was conducted in the whole region against the Royalists. In Angers, 290 prisoners were shot and 1020 died of illness in jail.[30] The city also welcomed many refugees, mostly Republicans living in Royalist rural areas. Between 19 and 31 May 1793, between 650 and 1000 Republican families sought asylum in Angers.[31] Since 1800[edit]

The Pont de Segré, a truss railroad bridge built on the Maine during the second half of the 19th century

During the 19th century, the city was deeply influenced by the urban transformations in Paris. The city traditionally had a somewhat sombre appearance from the quantity of local slate used in construction but many quarters were gradually destroyed, redeveloped, or rebuilt on the Parisian model.[10] The city wall, which formed a square around the old city core, was demolished around 1850 and replaced by wide boulevards. New districts of the city were also opened up on the opposite bank of the river.[10] In 1849, the Angers- Saumur
Saumur
railway was built; it was extended to Nantes
Nantes
two years later. When completed, the line connected Paris
Paris
to the Atlantic coast. In 1850, a catastrophic failure of the Basse-Chaîne suspension bridge caused the deaths of over 200 soldiers. The disaster inhibited the construction of suspension bridges in France
France
for two decades. The accident was mainly caused by soldiers' lilting march which created resonance in the bridge structure.[32] In 1875, a "free faculty" was created. It was soon assimilated to the medieval Angevin University (Universitas Andegavensis), which had been dissolved during the French Revolution. The new faculty was canonically erected as the Catholic University of Angers
University of Angers
(Université catholique d'Angers) by Pope Pius IX
Pope Pius IX
in 1879. However, in 1890, a law prohibited private institutions of higher education from calling themselves "universities". The institution was then renamed the "Free Faculty of Angers" (Faculté libre d'Angers), although it kept its original name on an informal basis. At the beginning of the 20th century, two higher education establishments, specializing in agriculture and commercial sciences, were opened.

The fountain in Jardin du Mail, built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris

During the first half of the 20th century, several Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
and Art Deco buildings were constructed, such as the Nouvelles Galeries, the Hotel des Postes, Hotel Continental, the Alcazar and the Maison bleue. In September 1939, when Poland
Poland
was invaded by Germany, the Polish government-in-exile settled in Angers. It left the city on 12 June 1940, after the invasion of France
France
by the Wehrmacht. Angers
Angers
fell to the Nazis during the same month. The Germans made it the seat of a regional Kommandantur. In 1941, a first Resistance movement, called Honneur et Patrie, was created in Angers. 60 Resistants were shot at the Belle-Beille range in 1942 and a German bunker factory employed 6000 people in 1943.[33] In July 1942, 853 Jews were arrested and sent to Auschwitz.[34] On the night of 28 May 1944, the first Allied bombing occurred over the Saint-Laud quarter. 243 people died and many others were wounded. Successive attacks on 29 and 30 May destroyed the train station and its surroundings[34] which were reconstructed in the 1950s. After liberating Avranches
Avranches
and Rennes, General Patton
General Patton
and his 5th infantry division arrived in Anjou
Anjou
on 5 August. To seize Angers, they decided to enter the city by its eastern side to surprise the Nazis. On 9 August, they crossed the Maine and started the fight. Helped by the local French Forces of the Interior, they progressively moved forward to the city center. The fight was nevertheless difficult and Angers
Angers
was liberated the day after, at around 5 p.m.[35] After the end of the war, the city experienced quick development and demographic growth. In 1971, a decision was made to reestablish a public university, and the Université catholique d' Angers
Angers
was split between the Université catholique de l'Ouest (private) and the Université d' Angers
Angers
(public). Angers
Angers
continues to have two different universities. Until the 1980s, Angers
Angers
experienced several massive urban development plans, such as the construction of the Lac de Maine, and several vast council estates and shopping malls, as well as the construction of a highway which crossed the city through its center, a project that forced the destruction of many old buildings and destroyed the original quays on the Maine. Later, other urban plans were drawn up, with a new emphasis on nature and heritage protection, as well as on social mixing. During the 1990s, the redevelopment of the Saint-Serge quarter, located just north of the historical center, produced a new business center, gardens and university buildings.

View of Angers
Angers
and the Maine river

Administration[edit]

The court of appeal in the Jardin du Mail

Angers
Angers
received its communal charter from Louis XI of France
France
in February 1475, but free elections for the mayor and aldermen were not guaranteed before 1484, following a decision by Charles VIII. Since then, 75 successive mayors have governed Angers. Angers
Angers
was until the Second World War
Second World War
mainly governed by centrist and republican mayors. Since 1977, all the successive mayors have been members of the Socialist Party, whereas the Maine-et-Loire
Maine-et-Loire
department has always been governed by moderate right-wing parties. Following Jean-Claude Antonini's resignation in 2012, the current mayor is Frédéric Béatse. Angers
Angers
is divided into eight cantons; most of them include parts of Angers
Angers
plus some surrounding communes. These cantons are not administrative entities and only serve to elect the members of the department council. The INSEE, the French institute for statistics, divides the commune of Angers
Angers
into twelve sectors. Depending on their social and economic issues, some of them can have priority for financial assistance and urban regeneration. In Angers, five are considered as priority sectors, three as sensitive urban areas, and one as an urban free zone. Being the chef-lieu of Maine-et-Loire, Angers
Angers
is the seat of a prefecture. It is also the seat of an Court of Appeal and of several regional or local institutes, concerning for example, customs, education or science. Angers
Angers
also has several other courts of justice as well as a prison. Demographics[edit] In 2009, Angers
Angers
had 147,305 inhabitants, 0.3% less than ten years before.[36] It is the 18th most populated commune in France, having reached its maximum population in 2006, with 152,337 inhabitants. Censuses have been conducted since 1793. In 2009, the urban area, which encompasses Angers
Angers
plus nine surrounding communes (188.6 square kilometers (72.8 square miles) in total), had 215,132 inhabitants.[37] The metropolitan area included in 2009 133 communes, 394,710 inhabitants and 2,353.8 square kilometers (908.8 square miles).[38] The Angers
Angers
Loire Métropole, an economic and political association of communes, includes 30 communes and around 283,000 inhabitants.[39][40] The population of Angers
Angers
is relatively young, with 48% of the population being younger than 30 and the proportion of residents over 60 years old (18.9%) being lower than both the national (22.1%) and departmental (21.4%) rates.[41] This is partially explained by the presence of two universities, 21.3% of the population being pupils and students in 2009.[41]

Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1793 33,900 —    

1800 33,000 −2.7%

1806 29,187 −11.6%

1821 29,873 +2.4%

1831 32,743 +9.6%

1836 35,901 +9.6%

1841 39,884 +11.1%

1846 44,781 +12.3%

1851 46,599 +4.1%

1856 50,726 +8.9%

1861 51,797 +2.1%

Year Pop. ±%

1866 54,791 +5.8%

1872 58,464 +6.7%

1876 56,846 −2.8%

1881 68,049 +19.7%

1886 73,044 +7.3%

1891 72,669 −0.5%

1896 77,164 +6.2%

1901 82,398 +6.8%

1906 82,935 +0.7%

1911 83,786 +1.0%

1921 86,158 +2.8%

Year Pop. ±%

1926 86,260 +0.1%

1931 85,602 −0.8%

1936 87,988 +2.8%

1946 94,408 +7.3%

1954 102,142 +8.2%

1962 115,252 +12.8%

1968 128,533 +11.5%

1975 137,591 +7.0%

1982 136,038 −1.1%

1990 141,404 +3.9%

1999 151,279 +7.0%

Year Pop. ±%

2006 152,237 +0.6%

2007 151,108 −0.7%

2008 148,405 −1.8%

2009 147,305 −0.7%

2010 147,571 +0.2%

2011 148,803 +0.8%

2012 149,017 +0.1%

2013 150,125 +0.7%

2014 151,056 +0.6%

Source: Base Cassini from EHESS for figures until 1962[42][43][44][45]

Economy[edit]

A bottle of Cointreau, a liqueur produced in Saint-Barthélemy-d'Anjou, near Angers, since 1849

The early prosperity of the town was largely due to the nearby quarries of slate, whose abundant use for the roofs of Angers
Angers
led to its sobriquet as the "Black City". In the mid-19th century, the principal manufactures were goods for sailing ships (sailcloth and rope), linen and hose, sugar, leather, wax, and oil, as well as agricultural products (mainly wheat, wine, and fruit).[10] By the time of the First World War, Cointreau
Cointreau
had developed the distillation of liqueurs from the area's fruit to an industrial level. The work for sailing ships was still carried on but steamships had greatly reduced demand. Instead, local companies produced cables, wires, and thread and increased production of footwear, umbrellas, and parasols. The area's vineyards focused on sparkling wine and fruit was increasingly preserved for sale elsewhere. The area had also developed a small-scale textile industry and begun producing machines, as well as commercial-scale production of hemp and flowers.[46] Present-day Angers
Angers
provides 45.7% of the Maine-et-Loire
Maine-et-Loire
job positions. It is the 22nd-largest national job provider and the 3rd-largest one in northwestern France
France
after Nantes
Nantes
and Rennes. Its unemployment rate (9.9% in 2009) is close to the national rate. 21.4% of the people working in Angers
Angers
have graduate or post-graduate qualifications.[41] Cointreau
Cointreau
continues to produce its orange triple-sec liqueur in nearby Saint-Barthélemy-d'Anjou, but many of the other industries have since vanished. Modern Angers
Angers
produces Scania trucks at Ecouflant
Ecouflant
and computers by Bull, Packard Bell, and NEC. It also supports research labs investigating horticulture and biotechnology. Thanks to its several higher education schools, laboratories, and various offices, Angers
Angers
is the largest horticultural center in Europe[47] and, as the home of the Community Plant Variety Office, Angers
Angers
is the hub of the plant breeders' rights system in the European Community. For example, Angers
Angers
is the leading hydrangeas producer in Europe.[48] The local economy also relies on the presence of many administrative, educational, and health institutions. There are also many small firms, chiefly focused on the agricultural tradition of Maine-et-Loire. Angers
Angers
also serves as a regional financial center, with many banks and insurance companies (including Afone, CNP Assurances, Crédit agricole, Fiducial, and Groupama) maintaining their regional offices there. Angers
Angers
is an important convention center, with a present convention trade of around €8,000,000. The new convention center slated for 2016 has been cancelled in 2013.[49] The renovation of the previous convention center and the addition of a 400 conference room at the back by the garden should be finished in 2018.[50] The Parc des Expositions, where fairs are currently held, welcomes 600,000 visitors and more than 300 events each year. With its 27,000 m2 (290,626 sq ft), it is the biggest structure of its type in northwestern France.[51] Health and education[edit]

The Faculty of Law and Economics

The Hôtel-Dieu, founded in the 12th century, is one of the oldest hospitals in France. First located in the Hospice Saint-Jean, it moved into new buildings in 1870; it became Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU)[52] in 1966. It has 1,500 beds and around 5,500 people work there.[53] Two private hospitals and a regional center for re-education also exist. A center of learning, Angers
Angers
boasts two renowned universities and several specialized institutions, altogether enrolling more than 26,000 students.[54] The Catholic University of the West (Université Catholique de L'Ouest or UCO) is one of five Catholic universities in France. UCO is best known for its International Center for the Study of the French Language (Centre international d'étude de la langue française or CIDEF), which provides college students from around the world with college-level course instruction in the French language, and for its Institute for the Development of Consulting and Business (Institut pour le developpement du conseil et de l'entreprise or IDCE), an important business school which offers undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degrees in International Business and Consulting. The town is also home to a state university, the University of Angers, best university in France
France
in 2015 for success rates.[55]

Arts et Métiers ParisTech

Angers
Angers
is also home to engineering graduate schools, such as the Arts et Métiers ParisTech, top school in mechanical and industrial engineering and the ESEO, an engineering school in electronics and computer science. Its education and research institutes are the driving force behind the city's science and technology industries. Angers's other educational institutions include lycées, training colleges and a school of fine art. Another Angers's Business School is ESSCA
ESSCA
(Ecole Superieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers). Formerly part of the UCO, the school's Master's program is of a duration of five years. ESSCA recruits students after the Baccalaureat. In addition to French schools and universities, an American university, St. Edward's University, has a new expanding campus in Angers. St. Edward's University
St. Edward's University
is a diverse, Catholic liberal arts institution from Austin, Texas. The university has a partnership with UCO, and offers a variety of courses of undergraduate level and professional training.

Transport[edit]

A tram approaching "Les Gares" stop

Angers
Angers
is situated on the crossroads of three highways, the A11, to Paris
Paris
and Nantes, the A87 to La Roche-sur-Yon
La Roche-sur-Yon
and the A85 to Tours
Tours
and Lyon. National roads connect the city with Rennes, Caen
Caen
and Laval. Before the construction of bypasses during the 2000s, the A11 crossed the city center, following the river Maine, and passed just below the castle. Causing air pollution and noise and disfiguring the Maine quays, the portions of the former highway which are still in place should be redeveloped in the coming years. Angers
Angers
inaugurated the new Irigo[56] tram system on 25 June 2011. The tramway consists of one 12 km (7.46 mi) line with 25 stops. The line runs from Avrillé-Ardenne in the north to Angers-Roseraie in the south, passing by the center and the train station. Service is provided by Keolis using 17 Alstom Citadis
Alstom Citadis
trams.[57] The system uses partial ground-level power supply, which avoids aerial wires and preserves the historical character of the city center. A second line is scheduled for 2018–2022. Besides the tram, Irigo also organizes the bus network in Angers
Angers
consisting of 13 urban lines and 12 suburban lines. The bus station, situated outside the Angers
Angers
Saint-Laud train station, is a hub for the departmental bus network (Anjoubus) and is also served by international bus companies. Angers
Angers
is on both the Nantes- Paris
Paris
and Nantes- Lyon
Lyon
railways. The city has several train stations, all originally built in the 19th century. Some are still in use; others are closed or reserved for freight. The main station, Angers
Angers
Saint-Laud, is on a TGV
TGV
line and has a direct TGV service to Paris
Paris
(1 hour 30 minutes), Lyon
Lyon
(3 hours 45 minutes), Strasbourg
Strasbourg
(4 hours 35 minutes), and Lille
Lille
(3 hours 25 minutes), as well as Avignon, Marseilles
Marseilles
and Montpellier. Regional trains go to Cholet, Saumur, Tours, Blois, Nevers
Nevers
and Bourges. The nearest airport is Angers
Angers
- Loire Airport, which replaced in 1998 an older airport near the Saint-Aubin island. The airport is located in the commune of Marcé, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Angers
Angers
and close to the A11 and the A85. It can receive 50,000 passengers per year. Culture[edit] Main sights[edit]

The Maison d'Adam (Adam's House) was built around 1500

The Château d'Angers, built on a schist promontory, dominates the river Maine and the old town. Its site has been occupied since antiquity; the castle itself was built between 1230 and 1240 by Louis IX of France. The massive walls are about one kilometer long and punctuated by 17 towers; they were built with horizontal slices of tuff and schist, giving it strength and an original striped look. During the 15th century, a chapel and the Châtelet were added in the courtyard. The Maison d'Adam ("Adam's House"), located behind the cathedral, is an excellent example of the half-timbered houses which were built during the Middle Ages. Many similar houses, although smaller, are also visible along the streets around the castle. The city also displays several Renaissance
Renaissance
and classical hôtels particuliers, the most renowned being the Logis Pincé from the 16th century. The Maison bleue ("Blue House"), built in 1927, is an Art Deco
Art Deco
masterpiece. The former seat of the French Aviation Company (Compagnie française d'Aviation) was built in 1938 and abandoned during the Second World War. Totally refurbished in 2004, it is now a testimony to 1930s architecture. The Saint-Maurice cathedral is a major landmark in the cityscape, with its two spires culminating at 75 meters (246 ft). The construction of the current building started during the 12th century on the remains of an older sanctuary. The original structure, romanesque, received gothic columns and vaults in the middle of the 12th century, giving birth to the Angevin gothic, a style that quickly spread in Western France
France
and the Angevin possessions in Italy. Sculptures and architectural details were added to the façade during the 16th century. The twin spires were built in 1518 and 1523. The neighbouring Palais du Tau, the former episcopal palace, dates from the 12th century. The skyline is also marked by the Tour Saint-Aubin. Completed in 1170, it was the bell-tower of an abbey closed during the French Revolution and destroyed in 1810. Elaborately sculptured 11th and 12th century arcades also survive in the courtyard of the Prefecture.[58] Another abbey, the Abbaye Toussaint, founded during the 13th century, was also partially pulled down and only the church and parts of the cloister are still visible. On the southern limits of the commune, close to the Maine, stands the Couvent de la Baumette, founded during the 15th century by René of Anjou. La Doutre, an old quarter located on the western bank of the Maine and facing the castle, contains two major medieval sites, the former Abbaye du Ronceray, built during the 11th and 12th century, and the Hôpital Saint-Jean, founded by Henry II of England
Henry II of England
and used as the city hospital until 1870.

The distinctive striped towers of the castle

The castle

The Châtelet in the castle

House Poisson

Façade of House of Croissant

Logis Pincé

The "Blue House"

The cathedral

Inside the cathedral

Palace of Tau

Tower of Saint-Aubin

Abbey of Ronceray

Abbey of Saint Nicholas (Mother-House of Good Shepherd Sisters)

The bridges over Maine (view from the Angers
Angers
Castle)

Museums[edit]

The Apocalypse
Apocalypse
Tapestry

The Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Angers, located in the Renaissance
Renaissance
Logis Barrault, displays a collection of paintings and sculptures dating from the 14th century to today. It is particularly renowned for its 18th-century paintings, including works by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Van Loo, Antoine Watteau, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Jean Siméon Chardin. The museum also contains a graphic design studio, a gallery devoted to the history of Angers
Angers
and a temporary exhibition gallery. The institution has an antenna at the château in Villevêque, a village located several kilometers north of the city. Inside the castle, a special gallery displays the Apocalypse
Apocalypse
Tapestry, ordered by Louis I of Naples
Louis I of Naples
at the end of the 14th century. It is more than 140 meters (460 ft) long, the largest medieval tapestry in the world. Inspired by manuscript miniatures, the successive scenes, designed by Jean Bondol, illustrate the Apocalypse
Apocalypse
of St John. Located inside the old Hôpital Saint-Jean, the Musée Jean-Lurçat et de la tapisserie contemporaine displays tapestries dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is dedicated to Jean Lurçat, an artist noted for his role in the revival of contemporary tapestry, and notably exhibits his "Chant du Monde", a modern echo to the Apocalypse Tapestry made after the bombing of Hiroshima. The Muséum d'histoire naturelle d' Angers
Angers
has been located in the 1521 Hôtel Demarie-Valentin since 1885. It exhibits a large collection of mounted animals and fossils, divided in three departments, one for zoology, one for botany and the last one for paleontology and geology. The Logis Pincé, constructed during the Renaissance, is the home of the museum of the same name. It displays Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities as well as Chinese and Japanese artifacts. Located in the Abbaye Toussaint, the Galerie David d'Angers
David d'Angers
gathers sculptures, reliefs, and medallions by David d'Angers, a 19th-century sculptor born in the city. The gallery also owns the preparatory works for the Panthéon of Paris
Paris
pediment. Angers
Angers
also enjoys a Maison de l'Architecture, which organizes various exhibitions and workshops, as well as several temporary exhibition galleries distributed in the city center. Outside the commune limits are also an aviation museum and a museum of communications.

The Musée des Beaux-Arts

Les Génies des Arts by François Boucher, at the Musée des Beaux-Arts

Italian drawing, 17th century, at the Musée des Beaux-Arts

Musée Jean-Lurçat

Galerie David d'Angers

Galerie David d'Angers

Entertainment and performing arts[edit]

The Grand Théâtre

The Grand Théâtre, dominating the Place du Ralliement, was first built in 1791, but destroyed by a fire in 1853. The existing building was completed in 1871 and its auditorium contains six stalls and four balconies, totaling 730 seats. The Théâtre du Quai, inaugurated in 2007, has two auditoriums; one contains 980 seats and several balconies, and the other, more flexible, can welcome 400 seated or 960 standing spectators. The Grand Théâtre and the Théâtre du Quai are the venues of three institutions, Angers- Nantes
Nantes
Opéra, an opera company also based in Nantes, the Contemporary Dance National Center (CNDC), inaugurated by Alwin Nikolais
Alwin Nikolais
in 1978, and the Nouveau théâtre d' Angers
Angers
(NTA). The Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, shared with Nantes, usually performs at the Congress Center, built in 1983, with a capacity of 1,240 seats. Other concert halls include the Chabada, the Amphitéa and the former Ursuline chapel. Local theater companies perform at Théâtre Chanzy, Théâtre du Champ de Bataille, Théâtre de la Comédie or at the Centre Jean Vilar. Each September, the city organizes a street performance festival, called the Accroche-Cœurs. The Chabada, a popular concert hall, is the cradle of the Angevin contemporary scene and several groups and performers were discovered there, Les Thugs, a punk band formed in 1983, being the first ones. The local scene also includes the alternative rock group La Ruda, the power pop band Pony Pony Run Run, the world music band Lo'Jo and Titi Robin, a performer influenced by Gypsy and Arabic music. The Premiers Plans festival, dedicated to European first films and meant to help new directors meet their audience, is conducted every year and lasts one week. The films are screened in three small cinemas, while two big generalist multiplexes also exist in Angers. Media[edit] Angers
Angers
had a local TV channel Angers
Angers
7 which went bankrupt in 2010 and was replaced 3 years later by Angers
Angers
Télé. The national French channel France
France
3, however, still presents local news in its programs. Several national radio stations, such as Virgin Radio, NRJ and Chérie FM maintain local antennas in Angers. The city is also the home of two local stations, Radio Campus and Radio G!. Ouest- France
France
and Le Courrier de l'Ouest are the two local newspapers, the last one having its headquarters in Angers. The city and Angers
Angers
Loire Métropole also edit their news bulletins. Sport[edit]

Jean-Bouin Stadium

Angers
Angers
has many sport teams playing at top levels. Angers SCO
Angers SCO
is Angers's football team. The club was created in 1919 and returned to Ligue 1
Ligue 1
(French top league) in 2015 after 21 years. Les Ducs d'Angers is Angers's ice hockey team. The club plays in the Magnus League (first division). Anjou
Anjou
BC is Angers's basketball team, playing in second division. Vaillante Angers
Angers
is Angers's table tennis team playing in top division Pro A since the 2000-2001 season. Angers
Angers
also acts as home to the Angers
Angers
Aviron Nautique, a rowing club which actively competes in regattas across France. Jean-Bouin Stadium is the main sports venue which can hold 18,000 people. The city also has a variety of sports halls, tennis courts, swimming pools, shooting and archery stands, a velodrome, a rowing center, an ice rink and a fencing hall. The Lac de Maine Stadium hosted the athletics championships in France
France
in July 2009. People from Angers[edit]

List of people born in Angers

Zacharie Astruc
Zacharie Astruc
(1835–1907), artist Jean Bodin
Jean Bodin
(1529–1596), philosopher and jurist, author of Six Livres de la République Francis Le Jau (1665–1717), Anglican missionary to West Indies and South Carolina, worked for the humane treatment of slaves.[59] Michel Eugène Chevreul
Michel Eugène Chevreul
(1786–1889), chemist Joseph Louis Proust (1754–1826), chemist responsible for "Proust's law" Pierre-Jean David d'Angers
David d'Angers
(1788–1856), sculptor Germanicus Mirault (1796–1879), surgeon Prosper Ménière (1799–1862), physician Adolphe and Édouard-Jean Cointreau, creators of the "Cointreau" orange-flavoured liquor François-Joseph Grille (1792–1853), librarian Fernande Grudet (1923–2015), brothel-keeper René Bazin
René Bazin
(1853–1932), writer and educator Fernand Charron
Fernand Charron
(1866–1921), one of the first cars constructors ( Octave Mirbeau
Octave Mirbeau
dedicated to Charron La 628-E8, 1907) Jean Durtal (1905–1999), female poet and novelist Hervé Bazin
Hervé Bazin
(1911–1996), writer Henri Dutilleux
Henri Dutilleux
(1916–2013), composer Joseph Wresinski
Joseph Wresinski
(born 1917), humanitarian activist André Bazin
André Bazin
(1918–1958), critic of the French New Wave Jacques Bompaire (1924–2009), Hellenist Jacques Loussier
Jacques Loussier
(born 1934), composer and jazz pianist Valerie Trierweiler
Valerie Trierweiler
(born 1965), political journalist and domestic partner of François Hollande, the 24th President of the French Republic. Eriq Ebouaney
Eriq Ebouaney
(Born 1967), actor Caroline Giron-Panel (born 1979), historian and musicologist Nicolas Mahut
Nicolas Mahut
(born 1982), tennis player Juliana Mialoundama (born 1993), basketball player

Twin cities[edit]

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See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in France Angers
Angers
is twinned with:

Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands
Netherlands
(1964) Bamako, Mali
Mali
(1974) Pisa, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
Italy
(1982)[60] Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(1988)[61] Södertälje, Sweden
Sweden
(1998) Seville, Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Spain
(2000) Yantai, China
China
(2006) Austin, Texas, US (2011)[62] Omer, Israel
Israel
(2011)

See also[edit]

France
France
portal

Maine-et-Loire Anjou Pays de la Loire

Notes[edit]

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References[edit]

INSEE statistics.  Baynes, T.S., ed. (1878), "Angers", Encyclopædia Britannica, 2 (9th ed.), New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, p. 29   Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911), "Angers", Encyclopædia Britannica, 2 (11th ed.), Cambridge University Press, pp. 8–9 

Further reading[edit] See also: Bibliography of the history of Angers

Célestin Port
Célestin Port
(1989). Dictionnaire historique, géographique et biographique de Maine-et-Loire
Maine-et-Loire
et de l'ancienne province d' Anjou
Anjou
(in French). Angers: H. Siraudeau et Cie. ISBN 978-2-85672-008-0.  Tancrède Abraham (1876). Angers
Angers
et ses environs. Album de gravures à l'eau-forte (in French). Château-Gontier: J.-B. Bezier.  Daniel Schweitz (2006). Châteaux et forteresses du Moyen Âge en Val de Loire, Touraine, Anjou, Berry, Orléanais, Vendômois, Marche bretonne (in French). Tours: CLD. ISBN 978-2-85443-490-3.  Jean-François Bodin (1823). Recherches historiques sur l' Anjou
Anjou
et ses monumens: Angers
Angers
et le Bas-Anjou, Volume 2 (in French). Degouy. ISBN 978-2-85443-490-3. 

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Angers.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Angers.

Official website Angers
Angers
Tourist Office "A Visit to the Slate
Slate
Quarries of Angers," France, article from the Scientific American – Supplement No. 974, Munn & Co., New York, 1894, on Stone Quarries and Beyond.

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Prefectures of departments of France

Bourg-en-Bresse
Bourg-en-Bresse
(Ain) Laon
Laon
(Aisne) Moulins (Allier) Digne-les-Bains
Digne-les-Bains
(Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) Gap (Hautes-Alpes) Nice
Nice
(Alpes-Maritimes) Privas
Privas
(Ardèche) Charleville-Mézières
Charleville-Mézières
(Ardennes) Foix
Foix
(Ariège) Troyes
Troyes
(Aube) Carcassonne
Carcassonne
(Aude) Rodez
Rodez
(Aveyron) Marseille
Marseille
(Bouches-du-Rhône) Caen
Caen
(Calvados) Aurillac
Aurillac
(Cantal) Angoulême
Angoulême
(Charente) La Rochelle
La Rochelle
(Charente-Maritime) Bourges
Bourges
(Cher) Tulle
Tulle
(Corrèze) Ajaccio
Ajaccio
(Corse-du-Sud) Bastia
Bastia
(Haute-Corse) Dijon
Dijon
(Côte-d'Or) Saint-Brieuc
Saint-Brieuc
(Côtes-d'Armor) Guéret
Guéret
(Creuse) Périgueux
Périgueux
(Dordogne) Besançon
Besançon
(Doubs) Valence (Drôme) Évreux
Évreux
(Eure) Chartres
Chartres
(Eure-et-Loir) Quimper
Quimper
(Finistère) Nîmes
Nîmes
(Gard) Toulouse
Toulouse
(Haute-Garonne) Auch
Auch
(Gers) Bordeaux
Bordeaux
(Gironde) Montpellier
Montpellier
(Hérault) Rennes
Rennes
(Ille-et-Vilaine) Châteauroux
Châteauroux
(Indre) Tours
Tours
(Indre-et-Loire) Grenoble
Grenoble
(Isère) Lons-le-Saunier
Lons-le-Saunier
(Jura) Mont-de-Marsan
Mont-de-Marsan
(Landes) Blois
Blois
(Loir-et-Cher) Saint-Étienne
Saint-Étienne
(Loire) Le Puy-en-Velay
Le Puy-en-Velay
(Haute-Loire) Nantes
Nantes
(Loire-Atlantique) Orléans
Orléans
(Loiret) Cahors
Cahors
(Lot) Agen
Agen
(Lot-et-Garonne) Mende (Lozère) Angers
Angers
(Maine-et-Loire) Saint-Lô
Saint-Lô
(Manche) Châlons-en-Champagne
Châlons-en-Champagne
(Marne) Chaumont (Haute-Marne) Laval (Mayenne) Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) Bar-le-Duc
Bar-le-Duc
(Meuse) Vannes
Vannes
(Morbihan) Metz
Metz
(Moselle) Nevers
Nevers
(Nièvre) Lille
Lille
(Nord) Beauvais
Beauvais
(Oise) Alençon
Alençon
(Orne) Arras
Arras
(Pas-de-Calais) Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-Ferrand
(Puy-de-Dôme) Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) Tarbes
Tarbes
(Hautes-Pyrénées) Perpignan
Perpignan
(Pyrénées-Orientales) Strasbourg
Strasbourg
(Bas-Rhin) Colmar
Colmar
(Haut-Rhin) Lyon
Lyon
(Rhône) Vesoul
Vesoul
(Haute-Saône) Mâcon
Mâcon
(Saône-et-Loire) Le Mans
Le Mans
(Sarthe) Chambéry
Chambéry
(Savoie) Annecy
Annecy
(Haute-Savoie) Paris
Paris
(Paris) Rouen
Rouen
(Seine-Maritime) Melun
Melun
(Seine-et-Marne) Versailles (Yvelines) Niort
Niort
(Deux-Sèvres) Amiens
Amiens
(Somme) Albi
Albi
(Tarn) Montauban
Montauban
(Tarn-et-Garonne) Toulon
Toulon
(Var) Avignon
Avignon
(Vaucluse) La Roche-sur-Yon
La Roche-sur-Yon
(Vendée) Poitiers
Poitiers
(Vienne) Limoges
Limoges
(Haute-Vienne) Épinal
Épinal
(Vosges) Auxerre
Auxerre
(Yonne) Belfort
Belfort
(Territoire de Belfort) Évry (Essonne) Nanterre
Nanterre
(Hauts-de-Seine) Bobigny
Bobigny
(Seine-Saint-Denis) Créteil
Créteil
(Val-de-Marne) Cergy, Pontoise
Pontoise
(Val-d'Oise)

Overseas departments

Basse-Terre
Basse-Terre
(Guadeloupe) Fort-de- France
France
(Martinique) Cayenne
Cayenne
(French Guiana) Saint-Denis (Réunion) Mamoudzou
Mamoudzou
(Mayotte)

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Communes of the Maine-et-Loire
Maine-et-Loire
department

Allonnes Angers Angrie Antoigné Armaillé Artannes-sur-Thouet Aubigné-sur-Layon Avrillé Baracé Baugé-en-Anjou Beaucouzé Beaufort-en-Anjou Beaulieu-sur-Layon Beaupréau-en-Mauges Bécon-les-Granits Bégrolles-en-Mauges Béhuard Bellevigne-en-Layon Blaison-Saint-Sulpice Blou Les Bois-d'Anjou Bouchemaine Bouillé-Ménard Bourg-l'Évêque Brain-sur-Allonnes La Breille-les-Pins Brézé Briollay Brissac Loire Aubance Brossay Candé Cantenay-Épinard Carbay Cernusson Les Cerqueux Chacé Challain-la-Potherie Chalonnes-sur-Loire Chambellay Champteussé-sur-Baconne Champtocé-sur-Loire Chanteloup-les-Bois La Chapelle-Saint-Laud Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe Chaudefonds-sur-Layon Chazé-sur-Argos Cheffes Chemillé-en-Anjou Chenillé-Changé Cholet Cizay-la-Madeleine Cléré-sur-Layon Cornillé-les-Caves Coron Corzé Le Coudray-Macouard Courchamps Courléon Denée Dénezé-sous-Doué Distré Doué-en-Anjou Durtal Écouflant Écuillé Épieds Erdre-en-Anjou Étriché Feneu Fontevraud-l'Abbaye Freigné Les Garennes sur Loire Gennes-Val-de-Loire Grez-Neuville Les Hauts d'Anjou Huillé Ingrandes-Le Fresne sur Loire La Jaille-Yvon Jarzé-Villages Juvardeil La Lande-Chasles Lézigné Le Lion-d'Angers Loiré Loire-Authion Longué-Jumelles Longuenée-en-Anjou Louresse-Rochemenier Lys-Haut-Layon Marcé Mauges-sur-Loire Maulévrier Le May-sur-Èvre Mazé-Milon Mazières-en-Mauges La Ménitré Miré Montigné-lès-Rairies Montilliers Montreuil-Bellay Montreuil-Juigné Montreuil-sur-Loir Montreuil-sur-Maine Montrevault-sur-Èvre Montsoreau Morannes sur Sarthe-Daumeray Mouliherne Mozé-sur-Louet Mûrs-Erigné Neuillé Noyant-Villages Nuaillé Ombrée d'Anjou Orée-d'Anjou Parnay Passavant-sur-Layon La Pellerine La Plaine Le Plessis-Grammoire Les Ponts-de-Cé La Possonnière Le Puy-Notre-Dame Les Rairies Rochefort-sur-Loire La Romagne Les Rosiers-sur-Loire Rou-Marson Saint-Augustin-des-Bois Saint-Barthélemy-d'Anjou Saint-Christophe-du-Bois Saint-Clément-de-la-Place Saint-Clément-des-Levées Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire Saint-Georges-sur-Loire Saint-Germain-des-Prés Saint-Jean-de-la-Croix Saint-Jean-de-Linières Saint-Just-sur-Dive Saint-Lambert-la-Potherie Saint-Léger-des-Bois Saint-Léger-sous-Cholet Saint-Macaire-du-Bois Saint-Martin-de-la-Place Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux Saint-Melaine-sur-Aubance Saint-Paul-du-Bois Saint-Philbert-du-Peuple Saint-Sigismond Sarrigné Saumur Savennières Sceaux-d'Anjou Segré-en- Anjou
Anjou
Bleu La Séguinière Seiches-sur-le-Loir Sermaise Sèvremoine Somloire Soucelles Soulaines-sur-Aubance Soulaire-et-Bourg Souzay-Champigny Terranjou La Tessoualle Thorigné-d'Anjou Tiercé Toutlemonde Trélazé Trémentines Tuffalun Turquant Les Ulmes Val d'Erdre-Auxence Val-du-Layon Varennes-sur-Loire Varrains Vaudelnay Vernantes Vernoil-le-Fourrier Verrie Verrières-en-Anjou Vezins Villebernier Villevêque Vivy Yzernay

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