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. 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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  • Abbey built for Queen Mathilde, his wife very close, strong support, by Duke William, King of England... Go absolutely in the Court and corridors, and take time to visit the beautiful Abbey Church in adjacent.
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  • Beautiful buildings to visit the Abbey to the men before. The tour, even, is free: excellent value for money. Too bad pr, the guide was not very friendly. Fortunately, he knew about it.
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  • Disappointed by the visit since the abbey has become an administrative center and there is not much to visit anymore. Perhaps more interesting with a guide able to enter the rooms which we found mostl...  more »
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  • Wonderful to see a wedding in the autumn sun.
  • Even though I'm not really into churches, cathedrales and abbeys, this one really impressed me through its atmosphere and grandiosity. Also, don't forget to visit the most beautiful parc nearly.
  • Founded around 1060 by Matilda of Flanders, William the Bastard's spouse, the Abbaye-aux-Dames (Women's Abbey) was consecrated on 18th June 1066 and dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • I got married in this church. It has many special memories
  • Sober and elegant beauty of this Gothic Abbey
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