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  • 1 Mémorial de Caen Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    espl. Gén.-Eisenhower F - 14050 Caen

    The Memorial's building occupies the site of the command bunker of the German General W. Richter, who fought against British and Canadian troops on 6 June 1944. This "museum for peace" is a place of history and reflection on the close links..

  • 2 Abbaye aux Hommes Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Esplanade Jean-Marie-Louvel F - 14000 Caen

    This 11C architectural masterpiece boasts elegant lines which combine Romanesque aesthetics, Gothic exuberance, and the Classicism of 18C monastic buildings. The church of Saint-Étienne was founded by William the Conqueror. The facade is striking for..

  • 3 Église de la Trinité Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Reine-Mathilde F - 14000 Caen

    The vast nave with nine bays of this old abbey church, which dates from the 11C, was inspired by the Benedictine abbeys. It leads to the tomb of Queen Matilda, founder of the Abbaye-aux-Dames (Abbey for Women). Adjoining the south transept is an attr..

  • 4 Saint-Étienne Church, Abbaye aux Hommes Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    espl. Jean-Marie-Louvel F - 14000 Caen

    This is the abbey church of the Abbaye-aux-Hommes (Abbey for Men) founded by William the Conqueror. Begun in 1066 in the Romanesque style, it was completed in the 13C in the Gothic style. Its plain west front remains a remarkable example of Romanesqu..

  • 5 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Le Château F - 14000 Caen

    This fine art museum offers a chronological, thematic and geographical journey through painting from the 15 to 20C. It boasts noteworthy pieces from 17C Europe and a gallery dedicate to 18C portrait and landscape artists. Romantic masters (Delacroix)..

  • 6 chateau Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 14000 Caen

    This vast Citadel, built in 11C by William the Conqueror, is set out today as a public garden and has recovered, across the centuries, the attraction that it had at the time of the Conqueror. From its terrace, It offers some attractive views over the..

  • 7 Musée de Normandie Interesting

    Museums and art

    Château F - 14000 Caen

    Housed in the former governors' residence, this museum boasts archaeological and ethnographic collections dedicated to Normandy's history and popular traditions. The section dedicated to the Gallo-Roman period, which includes a late-1C mother goddess..

  • 8 Abbaye aux Dames Interesting

    Religious buildings

    r. de Calix F - 14000 Caen

    The convent buildings of this abbey founded by Queen Matilda, and the sister abbey of the Abbaye aux Hommes, were rebuilt in the 18C. Today, they are embellished with a French-style garden. The cloisters and wide double-flighted staircase are particu..

  • 9 Escoville House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    12 Place St-Pierre F - 14000 Caen

    This dwelling bears the name of Nicolas Le Valois d'Escoville, a rich businessman who had it built (1538). Restored after the bombardments of 1944, this building, which is typical of the first Renaissance, today houses the Tourism Office. Behind a ha..

  • 10 St Peter's Church of Caen Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Pierre F - 14000 Caen

    This Church built in the 13 C to the 16 C is striking for its luxurious ornamentation. Its «King of Norman clock tower» was rebuilt after 1944. Finished in 1545 the chevet is most remarkable for the richness of its decor. Inside note the details on t..

  • 11 Colline aux Oiseaux Park

    Nature and gardens

    av. de l'Am.-Mountbatten F - 14000 Caen

    Not far from the Memorial, this 17ha park, created in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of the Normandy landings, occupies the site of a former tip, hence its name, meaning "Birds' Hill". Made up of theme-based gardens, it has a lovely rose gar..

  • 12 Rue Saint Pierre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue St-Pierre F - 14000 Caen

    This lively pedestrian shopping street has two of the few remainging half-timbered houses in Caen (nº 52 and nº 54): they date from the start of the 16C. Their decoration (sculptures, statuettes of the saints) - still predominantly in the Gothic styl..

  • 13 St Saviour's Church of Caen

    Religious buildings

    Rue St-Pierre F - 14000 Caen

    Still known by its former name (Notre-Dame-de-Froide-Rue), the Église St Sauveur presents, on rue St-Pierre, twin naves and chancels; the one on the left is Gothic (15C), the other Renaissance (1546).

  • 14 Place St-Sauveur

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. St-Sauveur F - 14000 Caen

    This offers an attractive group of 18 C houses, in the middle Louis XIV plays at Roman emperors with an imperturbable seriousness. Further up, on the right, you will note the remnants of the old St Saviour's church destroyed in 1944.

  • 15 Place Saint Martin

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. St-Martin F - 14000 Caen

    The statue of the High Constable Bertrand du Guesclin dominates this square. There is an interesting view over Saint Etienne and its twin towers.

  • 16 St Nicolas Cemetery

    Religious buildings

    r. St-Nicolas F - 14000 Caen

    The church was built at the end of the 11C by the monks of the Abbaye aux Hommes. Although it is deconsecrated, it has never been renovated nor used for any other purpose. Its Romanesque vestibule with three arches is quite exceptional in Normandy. T..

  • 17 Rue du Vaugueux

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue du Vaugueux F - 14000 Caen

    This street only used by pedestrians has recovered its cachet of yesteryear. Its old pavement, its stone or half-timbered houses, its echoes, all make it a place for a pleasant walk.

  • 18 Place de la Republique

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la République F - 14000 Caen

    This square, in the pedestrianised area, has been embellished with a public garden. Surrounded by attractive Louis XIII houses (like the Daumesnil house at nos. 25-25) it is also flanked by the modern Prefecture building. In a recess, Notre-Dame-de-l..

  • 19 St Joan's Church of Caen

    Religious buildings

    r. St-Jean F - 14000 Caen

    Much damaged during the war, this fine late Gothic building was begun in the 14 C and adapted in the 16 C. Its clock tower door was inspired by the tower of St Peter's church. In the vast nave, note the lantern tower, at the crossing of the transept ..

  • 20 Saint-Julien's Church of Caen

    Religious buildings

    1 Rue Malfilatre F - 14000 Caen

    The old church destroyed in 1944, was replaced by this modern construction in 1958. The sanctuary wall with an elliptical plan, forms a cames where the days make up the many sides of an immense sombre stained glass window.

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