I must admit that I knew nothing about Angers or its priceless treasures when some Parisian friends suggested that we spend a Sunday visiting the city. In a leap of faith I agreed, trusting that Françoise and Alain wouldn't make me catch an early morning train if it wasn't worthwhile!
"La femme recoit des ailes"
"Une deuxième ange annonce la chute de Babylone"
"La prostituée sur la bête"
"St. Jean mange le livre"
Although the exact purpose of such an enormous tapestry is not known, it is thought to have been displayed outside of the castle on festival days as an allegory for the ongoing Hundred Years War being waged between France and England. After being held by the Dukes of Anjou for over a century, the tapestry was gifted to the Angers Cathedral where it remained until the French Revolution when it was taken and cut up for use as floor mats, horse blankets and to protect the orange trees from frost. Remarkably, all but sixteen of the original panels have been located and most of these have been returned to the City of Anger.
"Le sommeil des justes"