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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. 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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  • The fortress is not very big, without any architectural delights. However, with wonderful views of the fortress walls of the town. If not go to museums, to the territory of the fortress entrance is free. For an hour it is possible to bypass, including photographing
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  • It applies to castles, but also for houses. Here it is very sturdy and also quite impressive in the center of the city of Caen. Good idea to have kept it, even if it is maybe we failed to demolish.
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  • Great view of the city from the ramparts. Nice food and nice walk. Seen the time of Guillaume le Conquérant. The garden is superb and should not miss a visit to the Museum of fine arts.
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  • This medieval castle built under Guillaume the Conqueror is a superb example of castles of this time.
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