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Abbaye aux Dames, Caen

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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. Use our Caen travel itinerary maker to visit Abbaye aux Dames on your trip to Caen, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Beautiful place; don't forget to also take a ride in the park with great view of Caen: everyone will enjoy small and large
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  • Solemn place where we celebrated our eldest daughter's wedding. So many emotions of this celebration in this mystical place, full of history where the tomb of Queen Mathilde.
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  • Very interesting, it's a nice visit we were lucky to have a young guide very nice and competent (Marlene comments were clear and precise, we had a good time before visiting the Abbey for men
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  • I got married in this church. It has many special memories
  • Beautiful Abbey
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  • Nice place, away from hustle and bustle of the city centre although 5 minutes walk from the port. The premises are beautiful and very pretty Church. The Abbey still suffer from comparison with the Abbaye aux Hommes, most majestic, larger and featuring a visit guided better. If you do not have time to visit both during your stay respectively therefore prefer the Abbey than men to ladies.
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  • Beautiful Abbey
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  • Sober and elegant beauty of this Gothic Abbey