Abbaye aux Dames
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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  • Kirk E
    Santa Fe, New Mexico1,053 contributions
    celebration of female saints
    Finding a place to park near the Abbaye aux Dames can be its own adventure, but it's worth persisting for an open space, as this lovely abbey church is unique it its celebration of female saints. Tapestries of this select sisterhood adorn the walls surrounding the tomb of Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror and early patron of the order. A colonnade links the church to the former cloister, now dedicated to exhibitions and events, though the hours can be rather arbitrary (we ground it closed when it should have been open). Still, the grounds make for a pleasant stroll, and the quite neighborhood makes for a break from the busy boulevards.
    Written February 7, 2023
  • vagabondafelice
    Carisolo, Italy202 contributions
    Worth visiting.
    Of the 2 abbeys this one is brighter and of course more feminine! On the walls around the tomb of Queen Matilda, William’s wife, there are small tapestries of various female saints. The exterior is not as impressive as it’s counterpart but still elaborate. Well worth a visit.
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 31, 2021
  • mbapepp59
    Barletta, Italy2,932 contributions
    la regina normanna d'inghilterra
    questa abbazia risulta un capolavoro dell'arte normanna ed ospita la tomba della regina d'inghilterra mathilde, moglie di guglielmo il conquistatore. fondata nel 1060, ospitò monache benedettine, fino alla rivoluzione francese. completamente ricostruita nel XVIII sec. e restaurata nel 1984 per ospitare gli uffici della regione della bassa normandia. la chiesa abbaziale inizialmente dedicata alla santissima trinità nel 1066 rimane un capolavoro di arte normanna. nel coro riposa la regina mathilde sotto una lastra di marmo nero. la visita della cripta sotterranea di saint nicolas avviene solo con guida e su prenotazione.
    Written September 15, 2019
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Kathryn W
Birmingham, UK238 contributions
Final resting place of Queen Matilda, William the Conquerors wife. Takes 5 minutes to go around. No interpretation etc. I only say I would recommend it because if you go to see Williams tomb, see Matilda's
Written November 1, 2010
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Sam M
Wagga Wagga, Australia221 contributions
Caen city itself isn't anything special but the cathedral has nice grounds and an excellent tomb for William the Conqueror. But it's really the only real attraction in this rather disappointing city.
Written November 19, 2012
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Jane P
Portsmouth, UK11 contributions
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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Bubbles73uk
Weedon Bec, UK798 contributions
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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Dr. Bob
Holiday, FL802 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
To reach this abbey on foot which entails a not too strenuous walk to the top of the hill on which this Abbey is located, one suggests taking the Rue des Chanoines which is a direct shot leading to the plaza fronting the church.

William the Conqueror resolved to marry Mathilda, but the marriage was opposed by Pope Leo IX on grounds that the two were cousins five times, not seven times, removed. Disregarding the papal objection the two were married in a discreet ceremony about 1050. A papal pardon was granted for the marriage by Pope Nicholas II in 1059, but as penance for his marriage to Mathilda which Pope Leo IX had opposed, William was now obliged to erect four hospitals and two abbeys. As a result the Abbeye aux Hommes, or St. Etienne, is associated with William and the Abbey of the Holy Trinity, the so-called Abbaye aux Dames, is associated with his wife, Mathilda.

The façade of this church rises majestically and towers over the plaza in front of it, providing a perfect photo op. The tympanum over the central portal is decorated with a magnificent frieze depicting the Holy Trinity, to whom the abbey is dedicated, sitting in a row flanked on the left and right by symbols of the Four Evangelists. The Abbey contains the tomb of Mathilda, wife of William the Conqueror, covered with an inscribed black marble tomb stone which praises Mathilda, in part by stating that “She loved piety. She comforted the poor.”

The tomb of Mathilda is located behind what is normally a roped-off, inaccessible part of the church, but not to worry. Walk along the left-hand side, passing the roped-off area and you will find an archway with a few steps. Walk up the steps. The roped-off area will be behind you so that you can get an up-close and personal view of her tomb.
Written June 24, 2017
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paulaspassport
Auckland, New Zealand192 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
This Abbey is a little bit of a walk from downtown but worth it if you have time. Its very minimalist inside, and I was the only one in there when I went.
Written October 25, 2016
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mitsilad
Wellington, New Zealand261 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
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.
Written September 30, 2016
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Mariana P
8 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
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.
Written July 26, 2016
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D_and_G_2008
Hong Kong, China1,484 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
Free of charge but nothing special to see. Probably it will be more interesting if you manage to join one of the free tours.
Written July 20, 2016
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Peter H
Toronto, Canada197 contributions
May 2016 • Family
A well preserved Romanesque building with Gothic era additions. Also the burial site of Queen Mathilda, wife of William the Conqueror.
Written May 27, 2016
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