In repentance for marrying, cousins William the conqueror and Mathilda of Flanders ordered Abbaye aux Hommes built along with its neighbor, Abbaye aux Dames ("Ladies' Abbey"). The men's monastery was dedicated to St. Stephen. Each church is considered one of the most notable Romanesque buildings in Normandy. Built in Caen stone during the 11th century, both churches had the ribbed vault, used for the first time in France, added to them in about 1120. The current Hôtel de Ville, or town hall, of Caen is built onto the building’s South Transept. Use our Caen travel route planning website to arrange your visit to Abbaye aux Hommes and other attractions in Caen.
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Abbaye aux Hommes Reviews
The fact that King William is buried here is the main reason we visited the Abbey. It is quite apparent the difference between an abbey and a cathedral. The building is grand but sparser on the... more »
If you want to see the grave of William the Conqueror, then this is the place to come. Fully Accesible for those with impaired mobility. Well worth a visit. more »
Truly historic and very impressive. Built by William the Conqueror abs now his resting place, there are guided tours but also a good self guided one. Tickets fron the Hotel de Ville, a large historic building next door. The Abbey itself is free but the small coast to see the cloister and exhibitions is worth it. Touching permanent exhibition about the abbey's use as a refuge during the D-Day landings and liberation (and in the process major destruction) of Caen by the Allies in WWII.
Very interesting Abbey where William the Conqueror is buried well worth a visit
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