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Abbaye aux Dames

Place de la Reine-Mathilde, 14035 Caen, France
+33 2 31 06 98 98
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Place de la Reine-Mathilde, 14035 Caen, France
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Reviewed 11 September 2015

I was there twice, once to visit and look around and once for a Sunday mass. This is a beautiful old church and makes me feel like I am in a rea church because our local church at home is modern and round. This is...More

Thank Moochiesmamma
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Seriously! Coming from Australia where everything is only 200 years old - this was amazing. Built by William the Conqueror in the years following the Battle of Hastings- about 1077- to appease the church - (as he married someone the church thought he shouldn')t- his...More

Thank Lennongirl57
Reviewed 6 September 2015

One is spoilt for buildings like this in France, but this one has that rare special feeling inside that many have lost due to excessive focus on tourism (Notre Dame de Paris, I'm looking at you!). The stark grandeur of its sister abbey is contrasted...More

Thank Finn H
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Once again a big church and so full of historic meaning. the gardens were a bit of a disappointment compared to the men's abbey. Be ware if you are walking to it there is a good up hill pull.

Thank skinsmulhall
Reviewed 2 August 2015

I visted quite early in the day towards the end of June. For much of the time I had the place to myself. Built by William's wife Mathilde to appease the Pope, if not God, it emphasises the female side of religion with representations of...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Fairly plain interior and a pleasant enough location but not a lot there to see inside except the tomb of Mathilda

Thank colin g
Reviewed 13 May 2015

The abbaye is a beautiful peaceful spot to discover in Caen. We went inside the church while a man was playing beautiful music on the organ. So beautiful, it was difficult to leave! It's a great spot out of the way, out of the whirlwind!

1  Thank Bill D
Reviewed 11 May 2015

We missed the guided tour (French only) to the main Abbaye aux Hommes and went to this Abbaye for a guided tour. The Abbey part of the building is now used by the local council. It is not too obvious where the meeting point of...More

Thank Patrick112999
Reviewed 10 April 2015

Not nearly as elaborate as the Abbey des Hommes across town, but it has Queen Matilda's grave, and presumably her remains. You have to be a fan of Matilda to end up here, or maybe early architecture.

Thank wmcca
Reviewed 30 October 2014

This is a good change of pace after being though huge tourist centers. A peaceful place, and a nice walk to unwind a little bit.

Thank Livelywanderer
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