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. Use our Caen travel route planning website to arrange your visit to Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey) and other attractions in Caen.
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  • A truly grand example of a classic Norman place of worship. The architecture is simple yet magnificent, with many interesting features including alcoves with beautiful original paintings. Of course it...  more »
  • Church is very worth it. The main building had a picture exhibition, but there we came not for. The paid tour was too late for us, too bad. We have enjoyed the Church and the beautiful gardens around it.
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  • Nothing that the stairs of iron Forge, floating in the void is a majestic wonder and the visit and very documented - the skeleton of the oldest inhabitant of Caen, and unexpected
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  • Beautiful church next to a lovely landscaped garden. Great place to take a few photos.
  • 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!
  • The monastery is impressive

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