Maison d'Adam

Atlantic Loire Valley
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

One of the oldest medieval buildings in France, the Maison d'Adam (sometimes called the Tree of Life) is a half-timbered house in the heart of Angers that was the home of a very wealthy merchant. Built around 1500, its fantastic sculptured supports and doorframes are a collection of religious and secular designs - from the Angel of the Annunciation to the fantastical centaurs and griffins, and, of course, the infamous naughty figure of Tricouillard. The Maison d'Adam is now home of the Maison des Artisans d'Angers, exhibiting work from 80 craftsmen including sculptors, potters, glassblowers and woodturners. Wander in and enjoy the exceptional craftwork on offer - you can buy some wonderful creations from the artisans in the gift shop.

Places to visit nearby

Angers in Atlantic Loire Valley is an artistic city on the banks of the River Maine, that is steeped in medieval history and full of beautiful gardens and parks.

Saumur in Atlantic Loire Valley is easily recognised by its fairytale chateau and is famous for its association with horses - the area around the town is even known as the Kingdom of the Horse.

Laval in Western Loire is a pretty town on the Mayenne river where a charming château sits on a rocky outcrop, and some remarkably well-preserved Gallo-Roman baths can be found nearby.

Nearby attractions

Renowned for its stained glass windows, dating from the 12th to the 16th centuries, and the diagonal ribs of its vaulting, Angers cathedral is an outstanding example of the Anjou Gothic style.

This wonderful museum is housed inside the beautiful late 15th century Logis Barrault, the house of former mayor of Angers and King's Treasurer Olivier Barrault.

Built as a military fortress rather than a palatial home, this 13th century castle is an intimidating and austere sight when arriving in Angers. Home of the Dukes of Anjou, this massive fortress has seventeen towers and a...