Abbaye aux Dames

Abbaye aux Dames, Caen

Abbaye aux Dames
4.5
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,607 contributions
impressive
Jul 2020
an impressive compound (wrongly here on Tripadvisor also listed under Abbaye aux Hommes, which is in fact a much smaller place behind the Abbaye aux Dames). definitely a must when in Caen.
Written August 3, 2020
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Jane P
Portsmouth, UK10 contributions
Caen
Jan 2020
Had a great time walking about Caen. We walked around the Abbaye aux Dames and was most impressed by the beauty of the abbey.
Written February 13, 2020
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal17,395 contributions
Sightseeing in France,
Aug 2019
This abbay who has been founded around the year 1060 by Mathilde de Flandres, Duchess of Normandy and wife of William the Conqueror, the Abbaye aux Dames housed the Benedictine nuns until the French Revolution. Since January 1, 2016, the Abbaye aux Dames is the seat of the Normandy Region. The abbey church dedicated to the Holy Trinity and consecrated on June 18, 1066 is a masterpiece of Norman Romanesque art although remodeled in the nineteenth century. In her chorus rests Queen Mathilde under a black marble slab of Tournai. The capitals of the apse offer a variety of fantastic animals drawn from a medieval bestiary. Nice location with a rich history.
Written November 23, 2019
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Bubbles73uk
Weedon Bec, UK714 contributions
Worth a quick visit
Sep 2019
This Romanesque abbey was founded by Matilda of Flanders, the Duchess of Normandy, Queen of England and the wife of William the Conqueror. Her final resting place can be seen but the abbey only takes about 5 minutes to go around - there is no interpretation or anything like that. However I would recommend it because it is one of the gems of Norman heritage, and if you go to see Williams tomb, you really have to see Matilda's.
Written October 6, 2019
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Gary S
Sutton Coldfield504 contributions
Abbaye aux Dames Caen
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is also worth a visit and is where Queen Matilda's tomb is. There is a lovely garden to walk around but remember the Abbaye closes at 4pm and sometimes stays open to 6pm
Written August 5, 2019
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,983 contributions
Impressive church with nice capitals
Jul 2019 • Couples
This abbey was build by Mathilda, the wife of William the conqueror, to appease the pope to their marriage. She is also buried here, and one can see her sober grave, just with text engraved on it, in the choir of the church. The church is very nicely proportioned and quite impressive in size. Note the capitals, some of which are very nicely worked. When I visited the abbey buildings were temporarily closed to the public for "security" reasons.
Written August 2, 2019
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WaivedWife
Reading, UK64 contributions
Peaceful Oasis
Jun 2019 • Couples
It's a bit of a climb up the hill from the Port Plaisance or the castle but worth the walk to see this lovely church
Written June 29, 2019
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Peach P
Perth, Australia1,025 contributions
11th century abbey
Jun 2019 • Couples
The abbey was built by Matilda, William the Conqueror’s wife, as a penance for marrying without the Pope’s permission. She is buried in the chancel of the church. The church has been beautifully cleaned and is an excellent example of Norman architecture. The abbey is used now for government buildings.
Written June 16, 2019
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Jane P
Mortain, France121 contributions
Beautiful architecture - a great place for conferences or exhibitions.
Feb 2019 • Family
Visiting a building with style and good design is always a pleasure. The glassed in cloisters make a lovely warm spot on a cold winter day, and the snippets of history are interesting. Loved the stone stairway and swirling banisters - if I had been younger, I would have had a go at sliding down them! Don't try to get into the abbey from the cloisters, it doesn't work. You have to go in the front entrance when it is open.
Written February 12, 2019
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Shane C
Hamilton, Canada36 contributions
Amazing interior. Despite its size it is hidden behind a row of buildings.
Dec 2018 • Family
It is behind buildings along the main street, but there are small 'secret' entrances into it. The interior is amazing with its height, and the acoustics are very nice when they have something playing on the speakers. Entrance was free (I hope).
Written December 11, 2018
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