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Abbaye aux Dames

Place de la Reine-Mathilde, 14035 Caen, France
+33 2 31 06 98 98
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Place de la Reine-Mathilde, 14035 Caen, France
+33 2 31 06 98 98
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Reviewed 11 April 2016

There are a lot of cathedrals in Caen, all of which are very impressive and have their own unique history. I visited the Abbaye aux Dames after visiting William the Conquerors' tomb in the Abbaye aux Hommes. This feels almost compulsory to visit, otherwise you...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2016

We walked from William's tomb in one end of town to his queen Matilda's tomb at the other end and it was worth it. The abbey building itself is impressive, particularly the windows but the highlight of the visit was undoubtedly Matilda's tomb which is...More

Thank Bill D
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Church lover, make the time to go visit the Abbaye aux dames. You will love it. So old and so much History.

Thank Smilemilie
Reviewed 1 November 2015

A beautiful Abbey built for Matilda of Flanders wife of William the Conqueror well worth a visit in the Centre of Caen

Thank richiehd
Reviewed 14 September 2015

It felt like it was a bit of a walk lo get to this abbey but it was so worth it. Built by England's Queen Matilda, it is so peaceful and lovely. We were surprised and blown away by it. Matilda is also buried there.

Thank sherryl154
Reviewed 11 September 2015

I was there twice, once to visit and look around and once for a Sunday mass. This is a beautiful old church and makes me feel like I am in a rea church because our local church at home is modern and round. This is...More

Thank Moochiesmamma
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Seriously! Coming from Australia where everything is only 200 years old - this was amazing. Built by William the Conqueror in the years following the Battle of Hastings- about 1077- to appease the church - (as he married someone the church thought he shouldn')t- his...More

Thank Lennongirl57
Reviewed 6 September 2015

One is spoilt for buildings like this in France, but this one has that rare special feeling inside that many have lost due to excessive focus on tourism (Notre Dame de Paris, I'm looking at you!). The stark grandeur of its sister abbey is contrasted...More

Thank Finn H
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Once again a big church and so full of historic meaning. the gardens were a bit of a disappointment compared to the men's abbey. Be ware if you are walking to it there is a good up hill pull.

Thank skinsmulhall
Reviewed 2 August 2015

I visted quite early in the day towards the end of June. For much of the time I had the place to myself. Built by William's wife Mathilde to appease the Pope, if not God, it emphasises the female side of religion with representations of...More

Thank John A
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