Chateau de Caen
Chateau de Caen
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  • JaakkoTapio
    Helsinki, Finland682 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private walking tour around inside City Center of Historic Caen, France
    Walking visit at Historic City Centrum of Caen, France. At middle of old towns there always churhs etc, but at Caen historical monuments & really old buildings like Chateau de Caen, from 1000's built according orders of famous William the Conqueror, then refurbished several times during several hundred of years,,, and after WW2, totally and remarkable re-buildings (after heavily bombed by allied forces). Today you can walk through but many museums and guided tours inside are payable. Near exists also 2 separate abbeys (boys - girls) for Hommes and Daimes,, massive buildings also.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Becky S
    Portland, Oregon20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Castle for Medieval History Fans
    My son wanted to see a real castle and this did not disappoint! Any true fan of medieval history will love this place. It was worth the day trip- especially when we added a lunch in the old part of town (just a couple of blocks away).
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • periandro
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg9,852 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning stronghold
    It's a complex of considerable size and with some spectacular builldings. It was built in the middle of the eleventh century by William the Conqueror. The Castle was transformed as far as its use is concerned: it first became a royal fortresse, afterwords a headquarters for conscripts. This prestigious past can be discovered from the restored ramparts overlooking the palace of the Dukes of Normandy and the remains of the keep; it is revealed in the visit to the monuments sheltered behind the walls. The stated keep was built under the aegis of Henri I, king of England, son of the said Williamn the Conqueror. It was a massive construction whose original interior isn't very well known. It's believed however that it consisted of three floors, the entrance being in the second one. At present, after the damages it endured during the French revolution, it has about just half the height it used to have. The Palaces of William the Conqueror was another of the buildings being part of the Caen Castle. It was an imposing building which consisted of a reception hall, private apartments and a chapel. Nowadays almost nothing of that splendor building remains. The rampart is a solid and robust construction. There are altogether in the Castle more than 500 metres of rampart, thus bordering an area of nearly 500 square meters. On that basis, it can be affirmed that the Caen fortress is one of the biggest in Europe. From the rampart one can contemplate a fabulous view over the Castle and over the city. La Salle de l'Échiquier (Hall of the Exchequer) was also built by order of Henry I at the beginning of the twelfth century. It's a very interesting building, particularly due to the fact that it's one of the lasts remnants of the civil romanesque style in Normandy. That hall is really a splendid building. It was used for solemn court sessions, banquets, law assizes and other ceremonial activities. Besides, the hall was also a place for service and accommodation for the lord's entourage and his guard. The church of St. George is a nice little temple in gothic style, it becoming flamboyant in some of the church elements. The stained-glass windows are very well designed, they being different from each other both as regards both their size and their ornate. The Caen Castle is thus a marvellous place to visit in Caen. Walking on its flat surface from one building to the other is a healthy, relaxing as well as cultural exercice. One can effectively observe very interesting works in that place and contemplate fantastic panorama views. That's why its visit is a must while in the mentioned city.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 23, 2023
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JaakkoTapio
Helsinki, Finland682 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Walking visit at Historic City Centrum of Caen, France. At middle of old towns there always churhs etc, but at Caen historical monuments & really old buildings like Chateau de Caen, from 1000's built according orders of famous William the Conqueror, then refurbished several times during several hundred of years,,, and after WW2, totally and remarkable re-buildings (after heavily bombed by allied forces). Today you can walk through but many museums and guided tours inside are payable. Near exists also 2 separate abbeys (boys - girls) for Hommes and Daimes,, massive buildings also.
Written May 28, 2023
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EllenChr
Oslo, Norway2,583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
I loved this castle. Climbing the rampards gave a wonderful view of the city - especially the church towers. Go by sunset when the light is really amazing. At night it is lit up by coulourful light and the names of the towers are marked.
Written October 7, 2021
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periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg9,852 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
It's a complex of considerable size and with some spectacular builldings. It was built in the middle of the eleventh century by William the Conqueror. The Castle was transformed as far as its use is concerned: it first became a royal fortresse, afterwords a headquarters for conscripts. This prestigious past can be discovered from the restored ramparts overlooking the palace of the Dukes of Normandy and the remains of the keep; it is revealed in the visit to the monuments sheltered behind the walls.
The stated keep was built under the aegis of Henri I, king of England, son of the said Williamn the Conqueror. It was a massive construction whose original interior isn't very well known. It's believed however that it consisted of three floors, the entrance being in the second one. At present, after the damages it endured during the French revolution, it has about just half the height it used to have.
The Palaces of William the Conqueror was another of the buildings being part of the Caen Castle. It was an imposing building which consisted of a reception hall, private apartments and a chapel. Nowadays almost nothing of that splendor building remains.
The rampart is a solid and robust construction. There are altogether in the Castle more than 500 metres of rampart, thus bordering an area of nearly 500 square meters. On that basis, it can be affirmed that the Caen fortress is one of the biggest in Europe. From the rampart one can contemplate a fabulous view over the Castle and over the city.
La Salle de l'Échiquier (Hall of the Exchequer) was also built by order of Henry I at the beginning of the twelfth century. It's a very interesting building, particularly due to the fact that it's one of the lasts remnants of the civil romanesque style in Normandy. That hall is really a splendid building. It was used for solemn court sessions, banquets, law assizes and other ceremonial activities. Besides, the hall was also a place for service and accommodation for the lord's entourage and his guard.
The church of St. George is a nice little temple in gothic style, it becoming flamboyant in some of the church elements. The stained-glass windows are very well designed, they being different from each other both as regards both their size and their ornate.
The Caen Castle is thus a marvellous place to visit in Caen. Walking on its flat surface from one building to the other is a healthy, relaxing as well as cultural exercice. One can effectively observe very interesting works in that place and contemplate fantastic panorama views. That's why its visit is a must while in the mentioned city.
Written December 23, 2023
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL5,176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
This large castle, built c. 1060 by William the Conqueror is located in the center of Caen and now-days serves as a museum. There is a massive gatehouse through which one enters the sprawling grounds, entry is free. Narrow walkways lead to the top of ramparts from which we enjoyed splendid view of the city.
Written October 8, 2022
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ10,312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The Caen Castle was built by William the Conqueror around 1060 before he successfully conquered England in 1066. His son Henry I greatly expanded it adding St. George's Church and other buildings. It was the site of many battles throughout French history and was used as a barracks during WWII. It was bombed in 1944 and seriously damaged. The Musee des Beaux-Arts opened here in 1971. The castle was closed when I visited but was able to explore it after hours.
Written August 24, 2022
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada3,215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Lots of castles in France, why bother to see this one, you say? Firstly, this is the castle of William the Conqueror, last successful invader of England. Secondly, records indicate construction started circa 1060, making it much older than most castles I've seen to date. Lastly, it is FREE to wander around and get up close to examine the construction and note how well preserved the remaining parts are. Enjoy the views of town while you're at it.
If you are not downtown, is easily accessible by tram.
Written September 21, 2022
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tx32f
Haslet, TX306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This castle in the center of town is well worth the time to explore. If you are in the area for the World War 2 sights, this is a refreshing change of pace. Park in the garage underneath and walk the ramparts of this castle built by William the Conqueror. It's amazingly large and free to explore. There are a few explanatory plaques, but mostly you must use your imagination to see what an architectural feat it was to build such a place centuries ago. Views of the area from the top are good and there are also two art museums on site.
Written April 22, 2023
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Don K
Atlanta, GA87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was the best castle we visited on our tour of Normandy castles. First off, it looks like a castle and not a post-renaissance chateau, and you can go inside (which is not easy to find!) It's massive, well kept, has several cool ways to enter by drawbridge, you can walk down in the old moat. We loved walking along all the ramparts. The day we went there were people in period dress exhibiting old games (table and lawn) to try out.

There was a section that supposedly showed uncovered internal rooms, but it was not open the day we were there (COVID? Sunday?), while other museums were open (but those needed tickets). We walked around this place for a couple hours, it was so nice.

Has a playground, parking inside, old sections and restored sections. Signs in English. It was free to enter. Beautiful view over Caen, walkable from parking downtown and from cafes.

Love this place!
Written July 30, 2021
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Becky S
Portland, OR20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
My son wanted to see a real castle and this did not disappoint! Any true fan of medieval history will love this place. It was worth the day trip- especially when we added a lunch in the old part of town (just a couple of blocks away).
Written July 30, 2023
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johnnyenglander
Horsens, Denmark18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Great expectations, greatly disappointed! Inside the castle it is just one big building site with piles of rubble and dirt. Great view of the old town from the castle walls, otherwise not worrh the trouble to visit. Luckily entry is free!
Written July 8, 2023
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