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Angers collage.jpg
Coat of arms of Angers
Angers is located in France
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Maine-et-Loire
Arrondissement Angers
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération d'Angers Loire Métropole
Elevation 12–64 m (39–210 ft)
Land area1 42.70 km2 (16.49 sq mi)
Population2 149,017  (2012)
 - Density 3,490 /km2 (9,000 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 49007/ 49000
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.

Coordinates: 47°16′57″N 0°19′53″W / 47.2825°N 0.3315°W / 47.2825; -0.3315

Angers is a city in the west of France. Around 160,000 inhabitants live inside the city and 300,000 live in the metropolitan area.

It is the capital of the historical province called Anjou. Today, the name of Anjou is Maine-et-Loire. The inhabitants of Angers and of Anjou are called 'angevins'.

The city existed before the Roman Empire. After the Roman conquest, the city was called Juliomagus. Angers was an important French city during the Middle-Ages. There is one of the bigger castles of Europe in the city.

It is now the 16th city of France (for its population). It is an economic center, a touristic and cultural town. Many festivals happen every year in the city (film festival 'Premiers plans', street festivals 'Tours de scène' and the famous 'Accroches-coeurs'). It has many museums. The museum of Beaux-Arts (a famous Art museum) and "Apocalypse Tapestry" (the oldest and largest collection of medieval tapestries in the world) are very famous.

There are two universities. More than 17,000 students go to the 'Université d'Angers' (a state university) and 12,000 go to the 'Université Catholique de l'Ouest' (a private catholic university). The 'École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers' is one of the most prestigious business school in France.

Transport[change | change source]

  • Road: Motorway A11 to Paris ~295 km and to Nantes ~90 km
  • Railway: TGV (very quick train) from Angers-St Laud station to Paris in 92 minutes only
  • International Airports: Angers-Marcé, Nantes-Atlantique

Sister cities[change | change source]

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