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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 abbey church is huge, well maintained, Nice. One can wander around the vast space, finding interesting things to see in each corner.
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  • The abbey itself is free to visit, and contains the tomb of William the Conqueror. It has the same ghostly atmosphere that most really old churches have seemed to have monks singing piped (at least, I couldn't see any real people doing it!). To visit the cloisters and the exhibition space, you must go out to the main buildings, alongside year pay €4. These aren't much to write home about, but for €4, why not?
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  • Free to enter the Cathedral. Visited with my 2 children (6 and 8) after preparing them with a visit to the Bayeaux Tapestry and stories of castles, sword, shield and bow and arrow battles. If you love the size, workmanship and shear breathtaking experience of old cathedrals then visit Abbey for men. The real life legend that was William the Conqueror rests his bones here, say more no.!
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  • 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.
  • Absolutely beautiful.