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Normandy Sights

Abbaye aux Dames (Ladies' Abbey)

  • Pl. de la Reine-Mathilde Map It
  • Caen
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 04/07/2014

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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.

Sight Information

Address:

Pl. de la Reine-Mathilde, Caen, 14000, France

Map It

Phone:

/02–31–06–98–45

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Tours daily at 2:30 and 4

Updated 04/07/2014

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