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Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey), Caen

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Religious Site Landmark
In repentance for marrying, cousins William the conqueror and Mathilda of Flanders ordered Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey) 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. To visit Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey) on your trip to Caen, use our Caen vacation trip planner.
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  • The tour is very interesting, with which to start a very explicit model. The cloister is beautifully well kept and maintained. The rooms all have their interest. We must admit that the Church and the Abbey are nevertheless very austere, the image of the blessings... And transformation, first in high school, and now City Hall is involved to live this beautiful monument.
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  • I am surprised that the Tomb to be the most important historical character of Normandy is so discreet. You can visit it for free at the Church of Saint Etienne, which is adjacent to the Abbey. It is a sober and discreet Tomb. Abbey in general (and the Church) are very reconstructed as Caen suffered many injuries in World War II but the reconstruction has become faithful to the previous construction. It has a small parking lot near payment (although the noon is not paid).
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  • The guided tour was really worth it. You come in places that you cannot visit. There were 11 Talley that day but fortunately we could at the last the Wedding Hall still tour.
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  • Definitely worth visiting. The tomb of William the Conqueror is here. The history of this building is also very interesting. during the WW2 bombings much of the city's population took refuge here and this building was damaged a few times but reconstructed.
  • Very beautiful church and abbey grounds. Built by William the Conquerer so a strong connection to England
  • Very interesting. Worth doing a guided tour!
  • Simply a formidable monument fits for a King!
  • Nice place to be.

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