This remarkable citadel punctuated by 17 shale and limestone towers is a massive medieval structure whose fortifications stretch out for nearly 500 meters. Construction began in the 13th century and the château is home to the Tapestry of the Apocalypse, a vast and major piece of medieval art. In the 14th and 15th centuries the Dukes of Anjou held court here. Today, it is managed by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux. From November 15 through to February 11 Apocalypse : histoire intime d’un chef d’oeuvre, an exhibition exploring the Apocalypse tapestry, a unique ensemble in its genre, the civil and religious uses of wall hangings and their conservation. Daily 10am-5:30pm, closed Nov 11 & 23. 9€. www.chateau-angers.fr/en 2 Promenade du Bout du Monde, 49100 Angers, 02 41 86 48 77. SNCF train from Paris Gare Montparnasse.