Things to see in Angoulême
With over 1000 years of history, Angoulême
has a lot of stories to tell. Rescued from the Visigoths by Clovis, the city was the birthplace of such historical figures as Marguerite de Navarre, sister of King Francis I, and the famous author Jean Louis Guez de Balzac.
The Angoulême area has managed to preserve several monuments from its past, such as Saint Pierre Cathedral
, Angoulême Town Hall
, and Château de La Rochefoucauld
. Angoulême has a well-recognised, well-preserved and well-loved heritage, which won it the title of “City of Art and History
” in 1987.
Angoulême has also successfully connected this heritage with the modern world. The Castro building, the International Image and Comics Centre
, the Image and Sound Audiovisual School and the Espace Carat are all examples of modern architecture that have been integrated into the historical monuments of the Angoulême area.
The region is also very lively! Angoulême is closely linked to the audiovisual world and is truly worthy of its status as the Capital of the 9th Art
. The Angoulême International Comic Festival
is the major French-speaking comic festival and the most significant European festival in terms of public attention and cultural influence. It has been held every year in January since 1974.