Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey), Caen

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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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  • August 17, 2017
    Once we said that, it is quickly seen. I can't do the tour, there is little to see. But it is beautiful and clean. Do not miss the bar has cheese alongside.
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  • August 16, 2017
    beautiful majestic set as part of the City Hall; an essential step in the visit to this city devastated in June 1944
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  • August 16, 2017
    We also attended the mass in Gregorian chant! Very nice! The place is lovely, worth changing way to see it!
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  • August 23, 2017
    Beautiful church next to a lovely landscaped garden. Great place to take a few photos.
  • July 10, 2017
    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.
  • May 5, 2017
    Very beautiful church and abbey grounds. Built by William the Conquerer so a strong connection to England
  • August 31, 2016
    Very interesting. Worth doing a guided tour!
  • August 20, 2017
    The monastery is impressive

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