Abbaye aux Dames, Caen

4.2
#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Caen
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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  • Very nice Abbey, but beware of opening hours if you arrive after 6pm or before 10am. Office at 10:45 am on Sundays
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  • It is a monument laden with history, I advise you a guided tour not to pass by this story that is narrated by an exciting Guide! The gardens are also nice and very pleasant.
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  • We made the guided tour of the Abbey to the ladies and this allowed us to descend into the crypt and discover thanks to our guide of details that we certainly would not have seen among other things the sculptures concerning life and death at the top of a column and da NS the elephant Church of Caen. We had a nice time. We recommend the guided tour.
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  • Love coming here and seeing the change of exhibitions. Always so peaceful.
  • Free entry to such a historic building
  • Wonderful to see a wedding in the autumn sun.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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