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“A beautifully restored monastic building, with interesting sculptures inside”

Collegiale Saint-Martin
Ranked #11 of 94 things to do in Angers
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Owner description: Located in the heart of the historic part of Angers, the Collegiate Church of Saint-Martin is one of France’s most well-preserved Carolingian monument. The Collegiate is considered a major building in the history of architecture in the West of France, and is now property of the Conseil général de Maine-et-Loire. After 20 years of restoration, the Church stands as a cultural and touristic must-see in Anjou.
Reviewed 29 July 2016

The Collegiale has been painstakingly restored after decades of misuse, and it is well worth visiting. The architecture is light and stunning, and there are numerous interesting polychrome wooden sculptures to view. The visit comes with a free soundtrack which is well worth listening to for extra information.

Thank sheridan s
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

Dating back 15 centuries, this church has been meticulously restored. Although no longer used for services one can appreciate its structure and architecture. There are choice examples of statues on display when the space is not being used to hold concerts.

Thank Dorje K
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Reviewed 27 February 2016

Discover layer upon layer of architecture within this little jewel of a church that was rescued from destruction as a tobacco warehouse ! The careful renovations reveal Gallo-Roman walls, structures from late antiquity, Merovingian sarcophagi, Carolingian crossing tower, Romanesque nave, Gothic capitals and Angevin Gothic vaults.
It is just glorious; then you will discover the Archeological Crypt !
Absolutely invest in an audio-guide to understand the complex layers of history and architecture.

Thank Brigid777
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Reviewed 14 June 2015

Do not let the modest surroundings deter you. This is an experience not to be missed.

This restored church takes you from the earliest centuries of Christianity to the priest
Who collected precious religious works of art and devotion which are now displayed here.

Vestiges of the Carolinian churches on the site are well displayed. The mould for the great bell of the medieval church is an eye opener.

If you had no other reason to visit Angers, this magnificent and carefully researched and displayed exhibit makes it worth while.

Thank Michael3496
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