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From paper tradition, Francis first and Renaissance, the city has turned to the French capital of cartoons and digital graphic arts

From paper tradition, Francis first and Renaissance, the city has turned to the French capital of cartoons and digital graphic arts

Book on-line a BnB or a cottage at Angoulême to go through History from Renaissance to digital graphic arts

Angoulême developed during antiquity period thanks to trading on its river. The city reached its apogee in the 16th C. with the arrival in its walls of the dynasty of Valois with Charles de Valois and his wife, Louise of Savoy, the parents of Francis Ist, the French king who received Leonardo da Vinci in France, and Marguerite de Valois. Under the influence of this family, the city housed an intellectual center of the Renaissance Arts. Along the Charente river and its tributaries, several paper mills developed a significant paper industry.

During the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th C, the city is lightened. Bridges are built then walks and parks are created. Industry developed during a long part of the 19th C. along the edges of the Charente river, outside the City.

The 20th C. development is mainly moving towards visual and artistic communication. Thus Angoulême has become a capital of computerized graphic arts, a center where a number of cartoons are realized. Every year an international comic strip festival takes place in January.

A full circle comes from paper mills to computerized cartoons.

This historical city organizes also many festivals and animations about its artistic heritage for you to discover and share its regional features.


Book on-line a BnB or a cottage at Angoulême a city from Renaissance to digital graphic arts

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