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L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes - Things to Know Before Visiting

Esplanade Jean-Marie Louvel, 14000 Caen, France

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A large Benedictine monastery founded around 1060 by William the Conqueror and his wife. It is a gem of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. It also houses William the Conqueror’s tomb. Today the buildings have become the seat of the town hall. Together with the recently rehabilitated Place Saint-Sauveur, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes forms a unique heritage complex.

Attractions Near L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes

Caen Castle
Caen Castle0.91km from L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes

Caen Castle is one of the largest medieval enclosures in Europe. It was built of Caen stone around 1060. It stood first and foremost as a place of power, where the Dukes of Normandy and Kings of England regularly held their major assemblies. It is now home to the Musée de Normandie and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Its terrace and ramparts command fine views over the town and there is also a public park surrounding this castle.

Mémorial de Caen
Mémorial de Caen1.9km from L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes

The Caen Memorial is a museum and war memorial located in Caen on the history of the xx th century whose thematic whole while facing the fragility of the peace, but it is primarily a history museum. In 2007, it was the most visited French museum outside Île-de-France with 400,000 visitors. The Caen Memorial has received the " Musée de France " label and is part of the International Network of Museums for Peace. Since 2006, the Caen Memorial has been constantly changing, each year its permanent r

Juno Beach Centre
Juno Beach Centre18.36km from L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes

The Juno Beach Centre is Canada’s Second World War museum and cultural center located in Normandy, France. center's permanent exhibition covers an area of 650m2 and tells the story of the Canadians who volunteered for military service or mobilized their energies, skills, and resources at home, thereby contributing greatly to the war effort. Through detailed and interactive exhibition rooms, the museum relates the story of life in Canada before the outbreak of the war.

Musée du Débarquement ltd
Musée du Débarquement ltd25.14km from L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes

The Musée du Débarquement is a French museum in Arromanches near Bayeux, Normandy region. It documents Operation Overlord, also known as the Normandy Landing, the landing of Allied troops in World War II on June 6, 1944, and is located in the center of the town with the main man-made port. The museum, which is about 500 m² in size, had around 330,000 visitors in 2009. It exhibits the model of the artificial harbor, Allied uniforms and medals, weapons, jeeps, and many photos of the landing site

Normandy American Cemetery
Normandy American Cemetery40.4km from L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located in Colleville-sur-Mer, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery it was established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944. The memorial consists of a semicircular colonnade with a loggia at each end containing large maps and narratives of the military operations and at its centre is a bronze statue “Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves.”. It is the most visited cemetery run by the American Battle Monume

Parc naturel régional et Géoparc Normandie-Maine

Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park covers 257,000 hectares across two regions and four départements. It consists of hedged farmland, forests, orchards, rivers, lakes, marshland, moors and peat bogs, and is home to the Mancelles Alps. There are several beautiful trails through the park that make a good way of exploring its natural beauty. The park also encompasses the Sarthe river valley and the large Forest of Andaines. There’s a real sense of adventure when exploring this part of Normandy.

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Northwesternmost of the 18 regions of France. Normandy's name comes from the settlement of the territory by mainly Danish and Norwegian Vikings ("Northmen") from the 9th century.