Angers has received France’s special designation Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (Town of Art and History).
Its château symbolises the city. The edifice houses the famous Apocalypse Tapestry, a masterpiece of medieval art, and offers temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Built in the thirteenth century, the fortress has seventeen towers and belongs to the Centre des monuments nationaux (France’s national monuments centre).
Following its industrial past, Angers specialised in plants and is now Europe’s leading horticultural centre.
The city boasts an internationally oriented, competitive hub in plants: Végépolys.
This cluster is mainly made up of specialised higher-education institutes (Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture, Agrocampus Ouest), laboratories (CNRS – France’s national scientific research centre – and INRA, the country’s institute for agricultural research), as well as France’s seed-testing centre (SNES) and a national centre for landscaping and urban horticulture (Plantes & Cité).
Since 2015, the Campus du Végétal has brought together different organisations in training, research and innovation.
Digital technology is another burgeoning field in Angers. The urban area was granted the ‘French Tech’ label in 2015, when its centre Cité de l’objet connecté, a hub for internet-connected devices, was inaugurated.
Angers Sporting Club de l’Ouest, more commonly known as SCO d’Angers, is the city’s historical football club.
Founded in 1919, it has twice won France’s second division and was a Coupe de France finalist in 1957 and 2017.
In February 2018, Angers was awarded the ‘Ville Active et Sportive’ label, with a four-laurel rating, for its offerings in sport for all.