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Chateau Ducal, Caen

Categories: Ruins, Castles, Tourist Spots
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One of the largest medieval fortresses of Western Europe, Chateau Ducal was built in 1060 by William the Conqueror, who successfully conquered England in 1066. Along with all of Normandy, it was handed over to the French Crown in 1204. The castle saw several engagements during the Hundred Years' War and was in use as a barracks as late as World War II. Bullet holes are visible on the walls of the castle where members of the French Resistance were shot. Take a look at our Caen trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Chateau Ducal and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • One of the biggest if not the biggest Castle in Europe, the title for Guillaume the Conqueror was not usurpre
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  • To be standing on the ground that once house William the Conquerer's castle was an experience. There is still a lot to see and it is a very popular location. We went twice in two days to ensure that w...  read more »
  • Founded by William the Conqueror, among many others, the vast Citadel of Caen is located in the city, in front of the Church of St. Peter. Impressive by its ramparts when it's discovered by far, it was however extended later beyond the Ducal Palace (eleventh century), which only incidentally more than the remains next to the remains of the great keep of the twelfth. Although severely damaged during the last war, the powerful walls, still under reconstruction, have been well restored and offer a panoramic view of the city on the north side. Inside the Castle, the Church of St George (12th-16th) houses the Museum of Normandy - hosted box office in what was the home of the Governor (XIV-XVII) - and the Museum of fine arts, whose building has not escaped this contemporary trend wishing that one necessarily build a modern element in a medieval place. The compound also includes the room of the Exchequer, at the beginning of the twelfth, where are presented the results of the excavations, and the garden of the simple (medieval medicinal plants). More unusual, she hosts a parking and is a place frequented by the Caen between the gate of the University and the St-Pierre. Only visitors more interested in the amenities of this castle as a place to picnic or games for children, by its historical aspect rather weak, will find grounds for satisfaction. Others will struggle to project themselves in what was once the Ducal Palace from the time of its power. See during a tour of the city, as admission is not charged, but the castle is not one for which we should especially travel.
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