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Caen the city of William the Conqueror

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried here, and for the Battle for Caen—heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the town.


Discover Caen:
abbaye Caen
Men Abbey

The 2 Abbeys

Men Abbey

Built in 1066 during the reign of William the Conqueror.
The abbey church of Saint-Etienne is a perfect example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
It contains the tomb of the Duke of Normandy William the Conqueror.
The monastery buildings are now home to Caen Town Hall.

Ladies Abbey

Founded by Matilda around 1060, the church of the Trinity is a masterpiece of Norman Romanesque architecture.
Don't miss : the crypt and the tomb of Queen Matilda.

Ladies Abbey
The Castle
Built around 1060 by William the Conqueror to house his residential palace, Caen Castle is one of the largest fortified enclosures in Europe.
Today it is a cultural center with the Fine Arts Museum and the Normandy Museum.

caen chateau


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