In repentance for marrying, cousins William the Conqueror and Mathilda of Flanders ordered Abbaye aux Dames built along with its neighbor, Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey). The women's abbey was dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Each church is considered one of the most notable Romanesque buildings in Normandy. Built in Caen stone during the 11th century, both churches had the ribbed vault, used for the first time in France, added to them in about 1120. Add Abbaye aux Dames to your Caen travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Caen online journey planner.
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an impressive compound (wrongly here on Tripadvisor also listed under Abbaye aux Hommes, which is in fact a much smaller place behind the Abbaye aux Dames). definitely a must when in Caen. more »
Had a great time walking about Caen. We walked around the Abbaye aux Dames and was most impressed by the beauty of the abbey. more »
Love coming here and seeing the change of exhibitions. Always so peaceful.
Free entry to such a historic building
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