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The Men's Abbey : A masterpiece of medieval art and 18th century. William the Conqueror Born in Falaise in 1027, William was the son of Robert the Magnificent, the future Duke of Normandy, and Herleva, a tanner’s daughter. Upon his father’s death...more
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Esplanade Jean Marie Louvel | Caen City Hall, 14027 Caen, France
Don't miss this. It's spectacular. Loved seeing the tombstone for William the Conqueror; beautiful formal garden; very nice restroom facilities in the administrative building; lovely postcards you buy on the "honors system"
When I visited the Abbaye aux Hommes the only way to access the inner area of the Abbaye was to buy a ticket to the exhibition on refugees being displayed. The building is also being used by government offices. However, the church is free to...More
This cathedral survived to the bombs of the Second World War and hence it is well preserved.
It is definitely the best example of romanique style in Normandy.
The facade is beautiful. The interiors are quite dark, creating an ancient atmosphere.
In the central choir,...More
Just passing in Caen for a day, we went to the "abbaye aux hommes" and did enjoy a great visit.
Go directly to the main entrance in the "Hotel de Ville" = city hall and buy your tickets for a guided tour (fast appointment and...More
This is a lovely church built by William the Conqueror in 1065 in Norman Romanesque style which sheltered the people of Caen during the Battle of Caen in WWII. William the Conqueror's grave is near the altar. You can take a guided tour or just...More
My wife is fluent in French but we bought not inexpensive tickets to enter it. Only afterwards did we discover on a self-guided tour you could only visit the cloisters and a couple of exhibition rooms. We went to see the grave of William the...More
The abbey is spectacular from the outside (there’s only one way in, don’t think you can access anything from the outer wall like we did or you’ll have a long walk!), especially from the town hall side.
The inside is very nice, although I wish...More