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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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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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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.

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medway
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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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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Not nearly as elaborate as the Abbey des Hommes across town, but it has Queen Matilda's grave, and presumably her remains. You have to be a fan of Matilda to end up here, or maybe early architecture.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is a good change of pace after being though huge tourist centers. A peaceful place, and a nice walk to unwind a little bit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Because this abbey is not situated in the centre of the city like the other one it must get less visitors (we were the only ones), but it's also well worth a visit. Architecturally stunning (and free - English cathedrals take note!)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We stumbled on the french tour for this one. The tour was very informative, though the abbey is not well signed and we had a bit of trouble finding the entrance. Really enjoyed the visit to the crypt and seeing Mathilda's tomb

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

As the Abbaye aux Hommes, you'd never realise the significance of this beautiful old abbey in a sleepy area of the town unless you'd read the guidebooks. Very serene, understated & quite beautiful. The tomb of Queen Mathilde has a beautiful stained glass window behind. Completely free & definitely worth a visit.

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