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Founded by William the Conqueror

The city of Caen has some of the most important monuments from the era of the Dukes of Normandy, including the Abbaye-aux-Hommes (Men’s Abbey) and the Abbaye-aux-Dames (Women’s Abbey), the great Benedictine monasteries founded around the year 1066 by William the Conqueror and his wife Matilda, in reparation for the irregularity of their marriage which initially had been forbidden by the Pope.
William entrusted the Benedictine monk Lanfranc, builder of Bec Abbey, with the construction of the two abbeys. The abbey church of St. Stephen, although largely rebuilt during the Gothic period, is a remarkable example of Norman Romanesque architecture. It inspired a great number of English churches built after the Conquest in 1066. William is buried here.
After a series of disasters, the monks of Saint Maur took over the abbey in the late 17th century and decided to rebuild all of the abbey buildings. Spared by the bombings in 1944, because it was used as a refuge for the citizenry of Caen, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes became the City Hall in 1963. The architecture and interior decorations of the 18th-century buildings are not to be missed.

Practical InformationAddress : Abbaye-aux-Hommes Esplanade Jean-Marie Louvel 14027 Caen cedex 9
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Individual rates: 4 €

€ 3 outside the temporary exhibition period

Opening hours From June 2 to 30 and from September 1 to 30 -

Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. -

Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. -

Weekends and holidays 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

From July 1 to August 31 -

Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. -

Weekends and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From October 1 to March 31 (closed December 25, January 1 and all weekends in January) -

Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. -

Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. -

Every Saturday, Sunday of school holidays and public holidays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Closing of the ticket office 30 minutes before the closing of the visit spaces.

Throughout the year, explore the cloister, the heating room, the scriptorium, the main staircase and the gatehouse at your own pace (a map is given to you when you buy the entry ticket). The boiler room and the gatehouse host permanent exhibition spaces included in the discovery tour *.

The scriptorium regularly hosts temporary exhibitions to discover also during your visit.
* Except exceptional closure constraints


Norman Abbeys
Norman Abbeys

Abbayes de Normandie - Route historique
28, rue Raymond Aron
BP 52
76824 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex

+33 (0)2 35 12 41 60
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