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Abbaye aux Hommes

Esplanade Jean Marie Louvel | Caen City Hall, 14027 Caen, France
+33 2 31 30 42 81
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The Men's Abbey : A masterpiece of medieval art and 18th century. William the Conqueror Born in Falaise in 1027, William was the son of Robert the Magnificent, the future Duke of Normandy, and Herleva, a tanner’s daughter. Upon his father’s death, William became the designated sole heir to the ducal throne. His succession to the throne was challenged by the barons, who considered William to be Robert’s illegitimate son. William quashed the rebels once and for all in 1047 and became the undisputed Duke of Normandy. Towards 1050, William married his distant cousin Matilda of Flanders, despite opposition from Pope Leo IX. The Church forbade their marriage, so Matilda and William sought atonement by founding the Abbayeaux- Dames, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and the Abbaye-aux-Hommes, dedicated to Saint-Étienne. Work began on the Abbaye-aux-Hommes in 1066, the year that marked the Norman conquest of England. Edward, the King of England, had named William, the Duke of Normandy, to be his successor. Upon Edward’s death and betrayed by Harold, Edward’s brother-in-law, William took up arms to assert his claim to the throne. William defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066. William was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey on 25th December 1066, whereupon he became William «the Conqueror». On 9th September 1087, he died in Rouen. According to his wishes, he was buried in the Abbey Church of Saint-Étienne in Caen. Abbey Church of Saint-Étienne Consecrated in 1077, the abbey church represents the oldest part of the site, with most of the features dating back to the 11th and 13th Centuries. The choir was redesigned in the 13th Century to reflect the prevailing Gothic style and is home to the tomb of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England. Monastic buildings The monastery was erected in the 11th Century, but destroyed during the First War of Religion (1562-63), before being rebuilt in the 18th Century. The monastic buildings are built around a Tuscan-style cloister epitomising the classical Italian style. The buildings are today headquarters of Caen City Hall. Together with the recently refurbished Place Saint- Sauveur, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes represents a unique heritage site. Medieval buildings and agricultural buildings The abbey also used to be a farm and an inn. It still houses a cider press, a carriage house and a bakery. Two 14th Century buildings bear witness to the abbey’s former role as a place of refuge and a political venue. - Palais Ducal, which was restored between 2012 and 2013, now hosts the city’s art library and its collection of contemporary art. - The Guardroom, where City Council meetings take place
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Esplanade Jean Marie Louvel | Caen City Hall, 14027 Caen, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When I visited the Abbaye aux Hommes the only way to access the inner area of the Abbaye was to buy a ticket to the exhibition on refugees being displayed. The building is also being used by government offices. However, the church is free to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This must be one of the most enchanting cathedrals in Northern France. If you stop in Caen, stop in and enjoy.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful example of an ancient abbey, well preserved and maintained. Thankfully survived bombing in WW2. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cathedral survived to the bombs of the Second World War and hence it is well preserved. It is definitely the best example of romanique style in Normandy. The facade is beautiful. The interiors are quite dark, creating an ancient atmosphere. In the central choir,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just passing in Caen for a day, we went to the "abbaye aux hommes" and did enjoy a great visit. Go directly to the main entrance in the "Hotel de Ville" = city hall and buy your tickets for a guided tour (fast appointment and...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2018

This is a lovely church built by William the Conqueror in 1065 in Norman Romanesque style which sheltered the people of Caen during the Battle of Caen in WWII. William the Conqueror's grave is near the altar. You can take a guided tour or just...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2018

My wife is fluent in French but we bought not inexpensive tickets to enter it. Only afterwards did we discover on a self-guided tour you could only visit the cloisters and a couple of exhibition rooms. We went to see the grave of William the...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

The abbey is spectacular from the outside (there’s only one way in, don’t think you can access anything from the outer wall like we did or you’ll have a long walk!), especially from the town hall side. The inside is very nice, although I wish...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

William the Conquerer is the star attraction at this Abby church. Although largely rebuilt after WWII it reminds one of an era when the Dukes of Normandy were also the Kings of England.

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

I didn't pay for the tour of the rest of the building such as the cloisters, but the main building is just a very large and old ecclesiastical building. Architecture buffs would probably appreciate its proto-gothic style, though. The thing that lifts it out of...More

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church 9.30am-1pm & 2-7pm Mon-Sat, 2-6.30pm Sun, cloister 8.30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1pm & 2pm-5.30pm Sat & most Sun
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