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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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  • 950th anniversary of Williams victory at Hastings. Was wonderful to see. Do not neglect the views of Caen from the fortification. 
  • Late afternoon in November, a ballad in the castle can enjoy the military architecture of the early middle ages. A garden of the simple very interresting to discover the use of plants to our gardens whether medicinal, textile or dyeing.
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  • A must-see place of the city of Caen, very easy walk downtown. You can walk around, visit the Museum of fine arts and of Normandy, take her children's play. It's a very interesting architectural and artistic level must see place!
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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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