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Abbaye aux Dames

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Address: Place de la Reine-Mathilde, 14035 Caen, France
Phone Number: 33 2 31 06 98 98
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A beautiful Abbey built for Matilda of Flanders wife of William the Conqueror well worth a visit in the Centre of Caen

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Swansea, United Kingdom
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 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
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 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 a truly beautiful place. We decided to go to Sunday mass there and it was... More 

Thank Moochiesmamma
Old Bar, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 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 lovely wife Matilda of the Flanders was interned her in 1083. The Abbey is superb... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 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 here by bright white stone with an open, light nave and intimate little nooks to... More 

Thank Finn H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 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.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 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 many female saints. It also has some rather colourful stained glass.

Thank John A
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Fairly plain interior and a pleasant enough location but not a lot there to see inside except the tomb of Mathilda

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The abbaye is a beautiful peaceful spot to discover in Caen. We went inside the church while a man was playing beautiful music on the organ. So beautiful, it was difficult to leave! It's a great spot out of the way, out of the whirlwind!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We missed the guided tour (French only) to the main Abbaye aux Hommes and went to this Abbaye for a guided tour. The Abbey part of the building is now used by the local council. It is not too obvious where the meeting point of the free tour is, but we never regreted. It is a small group of only... More 

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