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  • Address: Place Reine Mathilde
  • Hours: Only open twice daily by guided tours, daily at 2:30pm & 4pm


Abbaye aux Dames

The Abbaye aux Dames in Caen is also known as the Abbey of Sainte-Trinité, or the Holy Trinity Abbey. As one could guess, “Abbaye aux Dames” translates to Women's Abbey, and that's just what it was – a Benedictine convent. It's almost a thousand years old, and one of the must-see sites for any visitor to Caen.

If the facade of the abbey looks a little worse for wear, it's because of its history; it was the site of a battle during the Hundred Years War, during which it lost its original spires. The larger convent today is home to the Regional offices for Lower Normandy, but the abbey, restored in 1983, is open to visitors. William the Conqueror's wife Matilda is buried there, and its interior is a treasure trove of architectural details.

Practical Info

Although the site is open to the public, it is only open to visitors twice a day by guided tour, at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations are mandatory, so it's best to sign up for a tour in advance. The abbey is closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day and May 1 (Labor Day in France).

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Private Tour: Bayeux Sightseeing and Caen Day Trip from Bayeux

Let a private guide introduce you to Normandy’s fascinating history on a full-day private tour of Bayeux and Caen. Start by exploring Bayeux's medieval ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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