Chateau Ducal, Caen

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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. Plan your Chateau Ducal visit and explore what else you can see and do in Caen using our Caen tour itinerary planner.
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  • Nice tour of this very well maintained historic site. Access to any of the outer part is free. The ramparts offer a panoramic view of the entire city. To do if you are passing in Caen.
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  • Friendly ballad, quiet on Sunday morning. Impressive architecture. The place is very clean and maintained.
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  • Situated on a promontory, there are walls, with round towers and two gates road. Board of the 12th-century palace is a rare sample of Romanesque civil architecture, while the remains of the chapel of ST-Georges are gotico-flamigeros. It houses the city's museums.
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  • Good views from the walls, information office closes for lunch. Has a small playground on the grounds.
  • Beautiful park with museums, plenty of green space and great views of Caen.
  • Interesting to see the castle. It contains 3 musea, but we didn't find where to go for a guided tour of the castle.
  • Nice ruins of ancient fortress.
  • The inside is a bit disappointing, seeing the outside
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