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Introducing Caen

Founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, Caen – capital of the Basse Normandie region – was 80% destroyed during the 1944 Battle of Normandy. Rebuilt in the 1950s and '60s in a typically utilitarian style, modern-day Caen nevertheless offers visitors a walled medieval château, two ancient abbeys, several very attractive 19th-century areas and a clutch of excellent museums, including a groundbreaking museum of war and peace.