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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
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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A younger sister of the main abbey

A well preserved Romanesque building with Gothic era additions. Also the burial site of Queen Mathilda, wife of William the Conqueror.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2016
Peter H
Toronto, Canada
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Brunssum, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful place, but because it's a working building all you can really do is walk along the gallery. The free guided tour makes no concession to non-French and only includes a couple of rooms.

Thank slimjimdrake
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very beautiful from what we could see on the outside - unfortunately on weekends only opens at 14:00h !! We had planned on a morning at Caen and had plans for continuing our journey through Normandy so we were unable to stay longer.

Thank Mariana P
Caen, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The inside is pure zen, clean lines and if you get there at the right time, tranquil. Go to the center of the building and hum loudly and you will hear a Gregorian chant echo that will send chills down your spine. I believe it is a beautiful stone sound box, beautiful and cool in the summer and well worth... More 

Thank Murtz60
Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Free of charge but nothing special to see. Probably it will be more interesting if you manage to join one of the free tours.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

A well preserved Romanesque building with Gothic era additions. Also the burial site of Queen Mathilda, wife of William the Conqueror.

1 Thank Peter H
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Had guided tour all in French because I was only English speaker, but guide spoke perfect English and was able to explain anything I couldn't follow. Very interesting place.

Thank daves1946
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

We tagged along on a French speaking tour after being told tours weren't available in English. The guide did not go out of his way to accommodate us, but it was still worthwhile to tag along. Ease of access to assorted rooms and areas that we might not have been able to visit if we were wandering on our own.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

Well worth a visit. It's a bit out the way however a nice building and William the Conquoerer's wife is buried here. There are information leaflets in English inside the Abbey. Ask the tourist office in Caen for directions and a booklet and map of Caen showing directions. Tourist office is located near Castle.

Thank ray r
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 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 miss another important figure in Anglo-Norman history. The Abbaye itself is very beautiful. Queen Matilda's... More 

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Witham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 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 very different and in total contrast to William's.

Thank Bill D

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