Abbaye aux Hommes

sights / Religious

Abbaye aux Hommes information

Opening hours
9am-1pm & 2-6.30pm Mon-Sat, 2-6.30pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Caen's two Romanesque abbeys were founded in the mid-11th century by William the Conqueror and his wife, Matilda of Flanders, as part of a deal in which the Church pardoned these fifth cousins for having semi-incestuously married each other. With its magnificent and multiturreted Église St-Étienne, the Abbaye aux Hommes is near the western end of rue Écuyère. This was William's final resting place, though the original tomb was destroyed by a 16th-century Calvinist mob and, in 1793, by fevered revolutionaries – a solitary thighbone is all that's left of Will's mortal remains. Today, the 18th-century convent buildings house the town hall, and tours of the abbey (adult/child €4/free, free on Sundays) run at 9.30am, 11am, 2.30pm and 4pm.