Abbaye aux Hommes

Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen

Abbaye aux Hommes

Abbaye aux Hommes
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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The Men's Abbey : A masterpiece of medieval art and 18th century. William the Conqueror Born in Falaise in 1027, William was the son of Robert the Magnificent, the future Duke of Normandy, and Herleva, a tanner’s daughter. Upon his father’s death, William became the designated sole heir to the ducal throne. His succession to the throne was challenged by the barons, who considered William to be Robert’s illegitimate son. William quashed the rebels once and for all in 1047 and became the undisputed Duke of Normandy. Towards 1050, William married his distant cousin Matilda of Flanders, despite opposition from Pope Leo IX. The Church forbade their marriage, so Matilda and William sought atonement by founding the Abbayeaux- Dames, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and the Abbaye-aux-Hommes, dedicated to Saint-Étienne. Work began on the Abbaye-aux-Hommes in 1066, the year that marked the Norman conquest of England. Edward, the King of England, had named William, the Duke of Normandy, to be his successor. Upon Edward’s death and betrayed by Harold, Edward’s brother-in-law, William took up arms to assert his claim to the throne. William defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066. William was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey on 25th December 1066, whereupon he became William «the Conqueror». On 9th September 1087, he died in Rouen. According to his wishes, he was buried in the Abbey Church of Saint-Étienne in Caen. Abbey Church of Saint-Étienne Consecrated in 1077, the abbey church represents the oldest part of the site, with most of the features dating back to the 11th and 13th Centuries. The choir was redesigned in the 13th Century to reflect the prevailing Gothic style and is home to the tomb of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England. Monastic buildings The monastery was erected in the 11th Century, but destroyed during the First War of Religion (1562-63), before being rebuilt in the 18th Century. The monastic buildings are built around a Tuscan-style cloister epitomising the classical Italian style. The buildings are today headquarters of Caen City Hall. Together with the recently refurbished Place Saint- Sauveur, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes represents a unique heritage site. Medieval buildings and agricultural buildings The abbey also used to be a farm and an inn. It still houses a cider press, a carriage house and a bakery. Two 14th Century buildings bear witness to the abbey’s former role as a place of refuge and a political venue. - Palais Ducal, which was restored between 2012 and 2013, now hosts the city’s art library and its collection of contemporary art. - The Guardroom, where City Council meetings take place
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CCR_GR
London, UK
Sep 2019 • Couples
Bonjour. Merci d'avoir pris quelques instants pour commenter votre passage à l'Abbaye-aux-Hommes. Nous sommes ravis de savoir que vous avez apprécié votre visite. Nous espérons que votre escapade caennaise fut agréable. A bientôt à l'Abbaye !

jep252
Shrewsbury, UK
Oct 2019
Bonjour. Merci d'avoir pris quelques instants pour commenter votre passage à l'Abbaye-aux-Hommes. Nous sommes ravis de savoir que vous avez apprécié votre visite. Nous espérons que votre escapade caennaise fut agréable. A bientôt à l'Abbaye !

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Weedon Bec, UK
Sep 2019
Bonjour, un grand merci à vous d'avoir pris quelques instants pour rédiger ce commentaire suite à votre visite à l'Abbaye-aux-Hommes. J'espère que vous avez passé un agréable séjour dans notre belle ville. Au plaisir de vous y revoir un jour avec famille et/ou amis.

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Kootwijkerbroek, The Netherlands
Aug 2019
Bonjour. Merci d'avoir pris quelques instants pour commenter votre passage à l'Abbaye-aux-Hommes. Nous sommes ravis de savoir que vous avez apprécié votre visite. Nous espérons que votre escapade caennaise fut agréable. A bientôt à l'Abbaye !

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