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Château d’Angers

Château d’Angers, which is also known as the château of the Dukes of Anjou, lies in the city of Angers in the department of Maine-et-Loire. The fortress, built using slate, looks out over the Maine River. 
The site has been occupied since ancient times, due to its strategic defensive position. The Counts of Anjou since made it their home up until the end of the Plantagenet empire, which saw the Kingdom of France defeat the county of Anjou. Louis IX had the current château built in the 13th century, and the Dukes of Anjou turned it into a stately home during the 15th century. It was here that Yolande of Aragon gave birth to René of Anjou. During the 17th century, following in the wake of the discord of the religious wars, the king ordered that it be destroyed, but it was only the upper part of the towers which suffered this fate. 
It then became a prison, then a garrison and munitions dump during the Second World War. At the start of the 21st century it is now home to the Apocalypse tapestries, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Maine-et-Loire.
Its tourist destination status is managed by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.