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Abbaye aux Dames (Ladies' Abbey)

Abbaye aux Dames (Ladies' Abbey) Review

Founded in 1059 by William the Conqueror's wife, Matilda, the Abbaye aux Dames was rebuilt in the 18th century; it then served as a hospital and nursing home before being fully restored in the 1980s by the Regional Council, which promptly requisitioned it for office space. The abbey’s elegant arcaded courtyard and ground-floor reception rooms can, however, still be admired during free guided tours. You can also visit the squat Église de la Trinité (Trinity Church), a fine example of 11th-century Romanesque architecture, though its original spires were replaced by timid balustrades in the early 18th century. Note the intricate carvings on columns and arches in the chapel; the 11th-century crypt; and, in the choir, the marble slab commemorating Queen Matilda, who was buried here in 1083.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Pl. de la Reine-Mathilde, Caen, 14000 | Map It
  • Phone: /02–31–06–98–45
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tours daily at 2:30 and 4
  • Location: Caen
Updated: 04-07-2014

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