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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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Sun - Sat 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Nice Church

The Abbaye now houses the town administration so we did not see inside. However the Église abbatiale de la Trinité was open and houses the tomb of William the Conquerer's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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194 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Abbaye now houses the town administration so we did not see inside. However the Église abbatiale de la Trinité was open and houses the tomb of William the Conquerer's Queen. The whole complex and park are beautiful.

Thank mitsilad
Bedford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

This is an attraction that depicts the grave of the wife of William, the Conqueror, and so it is full of joy. There are guided tours in the afternoon, however if you go there in the morning you will most likely have the whole place for yourself.

Thank Leoserodio
Vilnius, Lithuania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Nave of the old abbey church is really huge: very high, wide with lots of columns, and the altar, on the contrary, is modest, simple. The simplicity of the altar contrasts with Apse's bright colors frescoes on a domed ceiling and stained glass windows. A pity that we were not allowed to 5 hectares Michel d'Ornano park which is next... More 

Thank Dalmik
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Beautiful visit to the Abbaye aux Dames. The buildings are stunning and it is very tranquil even in the height of the season. Recommend a visit.

Thank Denise W
Brunssum, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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