Ancenis (Ankiniz) is a commune of the Loire-Atlantique department in northwestern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.

Now, in Région Pays de la Loire, it played a great historical role as a key location on the road to Nantes (23 miles south-east), the historical capital of Brittany. It was named the key of Brittany and the door of Brittany.

Monuments and landmarks

  • Old mediaeval and Renaissance castle
  • The Loire river on which Ancenis is located (on the North bank)
  • Church saint Peter, 15-16-17th century
  • Chapel of the Ursulines
  • Chapel Notre-Dame de Délivrance
  • Old quarter with mediaeval houses
  • Dolmen at Pierre-Couvretière

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