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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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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
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Toronto, Canada
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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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.

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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.

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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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Thank BaMcGee
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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.

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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.

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Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Church lover, make the time to go visit the Abbaye aux dames. You will love it. So old and so much History.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

A beautiful Abbey built for Matilda of Flanders wife of William the Conqueror well worth a visit in the Centre of Caen

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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

It felt like it was a bit of a walk lo get to this abbey but it was so worth it. Built by England's Queen Matilda, it is so peaceful and lovely. We were surprised and blown away by it. Matilda is also buried there.

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