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Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen

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In repentance for marrying, cousins William the conqueror and Mathilda of Flanders ordered Abbaye aux Hommes built along with its neighbor, Abbaye aux Dames ("Ladies' Abbey"). The men's monastery was dedicated to St. Stephen. 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. The current Hôtel de Ville, or town hall, of Caen is built onto the building’s South Transept. Use our Caen travel route planning website to arrange your visit to Abbaye aux Hommes and other attractions in Caen.
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  • Huge church building with cloister. Outside view is impressive. You can enter the church, the cloister costs extra. Whether you want to invest the 5 € depends on your interest in such buildings. I... 
    Huge church building with cloister. Outside view is impressive. You can enter the church, the cloister costs extra. Whether you want to invest the 5 € depends on your interest in such buildings. I...  more »
  • It is amazing to see the tomb of William the Conqueror. The place is not crowded and free to enter.. 
    It is amazing to see the tomb of William the Conqueror. The place is not crowded and free to enter..  more »
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  • Medieval church with Romanesque era vaulted ceilings. It has a nice courtyard as well. Really gives a feel of medieval France. Overall impressive church to visit.
  • This place, is a monument telling the story of Caen, WW2 and humans. Listen to the stories and voices in the hall, remainings of the a time that might be far, but still close to us. There are different halls and yards in the Abbay, so do not rush and enjoy the peacefulness of the place. There is also a gallery at the end of the visiting route which you can also enjoy. Wheelchair accessible.

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