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Château of Angers: National Domain

On 2 May 2017, the French Prime Minister elevated the Château d’Angers to the status of National Domain. This is a real honour for the Angevin territory, which has now become home to the only National Domain in the west of the country.

More than just a promotion, this is a real honour for the Château d’Angers, which was added to the prestigious list of French National Domains on 2 May this year. It is hereafter recognised as a “building complex with an exceptional link to the history of the Nation”, in the same way as the National Domains of Chambord, Le Louvre and Les Tuileries, and the Élysée Palace.
French National Domains are often former royal, imperial or princely estates. In this respect, the château is no exception since it was built by Saint Louis and later became the official residence of the Dukes of Anjou. The château still bears evidence of its princely, fleur-de-lis-adorned occupants who chose to establish their Courts here in the 14th and 15th centuries. Although it was listed as a Historic Monument in 1875, it was not opened to the public until the mid-20th century. Today, it also houses the monumental Tapestry of the Apocalypse, a masterpiece of medieval art that attracts over 226,000 visitors every year.
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