Abbaye aux Hommes

Caen
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

William the Conqueror built this abbey, along with his wife Mathilda's stunning Abbaye aux Dames (the 'Ladies' Abbey'), as penance to the Church for their marriage. Built out of local Caen stone, the twin Romanesque towers of the building rise 276 feet into the sky helping earn Caen its nickname of the 'city of spires'.

William the Conqueror was buried in the church but his tomb was destroyed by Huguenots in 1562 during the Wars of Religion leaving only a  thigh bone remaining. Though this was subsequently destroyed in the French Revolution also, a marble slab marking his tomb can be found in the choir.

Find a holiday

Brittany Ferries holidays include return ferry travel with your car so you can explore at your own pace. What's more, you can pack everything you need to make the most of your time away - from bikes to surfboards and even the family pet.