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Abbaye aux Dames
Abbaye aux Dames

Abbaye aux Dames

Free admission
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Place Reine Mathilde, Caen, France, 14035

Praktische info

Hoewel de site open is voor het publiek, is deze slechts twee keer per dag toegankelijk voor bezoekers met een rondleiding, om 14.30 uur en 16.00 uur. Reserveren is verplicht, dus het is het beste om je vooraf aan te melden voor een rondleiding. De abdij is gesloten op eerste kerstdag, nieuwjaarsdag en 1 mei (dag van de arbeid in Frankrijk).

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Abbaye aux Dames is an ideal spot for history and architecture lovers.
  • The abbey is wheelchair accessible.
  • Reservations are mandatory, so it's best to sign up for a tour in advance.
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How to Get There

Abbaye aux Dames is located on Place Reine Mathilde in Caen. The complex is less than 1 mile (1 kilometer) east of the Caen Castle (Château de Caen). This part of Caen is easy and enjoyable to walk around. A public bike-sharing service station is just outside the abbey.

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When to Get There

The attraction is open to the public, however, only twice a day by guided tour, at 2:30pm and 4pm with prior arrangements made. Peak season for Caen, as well as the entire region of Normandy, is during the summer months. June especially sees many travelers who come to commemorate the anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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Wildcard

Abbaye aux Hommes Founded by William the Conqueror, this former Benedictine monastery—and counterpart to Abbaye aux Dames—is one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Normandy. Also known as Abbey of Saint-Étienne, the Abbaye aux Hommes (Men’s Abbey) is now City Hall (Hôtel de Ville). Visit the cloister and next-door Église St-Étienne (St Stephen’s Church)u2060—with its famous Romanesque nave, Gothic choir, and William the Conqueror’s tomb.

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