Caen (from 20 minutes of Luc-sur-mer)
Its architectural heritage:
L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes : William the Conqueror decided the construction of the abbey, around 1060, to be reconciled with the Vatican. The abbey to men became in 1965 the town hall of Caen. Meanwhile, she had been an imperial high school in 1804 then royal college in 1814.
L'Abbaye-aux-Dames : Alter ego of L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes since its construction was undertaken by the wife of Guillaume, no less famous Mathilde, some years before that to men and for the same reason.
The Castle : Discover one of the largest walled enclosures in Europe witnessing the great upheavals of the history of our province linked to that of France since 1204, it will be the opportunity to evoke the 100 years war or the Revolution.
And its numerous visits:
The 'Guillaume le Conquérant' circuit
The discovery of the churches circuit
Discovery of the Caen bookshops circuit
Discovery tour of the Caen antique shops
Discovery tour of crafts and art galleries
Discovery trail of the Museum of Normandy
Visits to the Tourist Office
And its museums
Caen Memorial Museum of Normandy
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Initiation to Nature
Summer 1944, the Battle of Normandy rages ... But the city of 'Guillaume le Conquérant' does not let down. She is reborn from her ashes and celebrates the newfound peace: a marina, shopping streets, 30,000 students enliven the old city. Capital of Lower Normandy, Caen still has some typical medieval streets in the middle of a post-war architecture.
The Caen Memorial: a museum for Peace (15 km from Luc)
A must-visit cultural and tourist site in Normandy, The Caen Memorial is now one of the first European sites with an average of 400,000 visitors a year. Awarded several times for its welcoming qualities and the richness of its museum content, it organizes guided tours to complement the visit of the course.
Opened on June 6, 1988 (symbolic date) by François Mitterand. It's not just another museum on the landing but it's a museum for peace, a reference museum, a pedagogical center, a tool for thinking about human madness and how to prevent it from being translated into wars. Retrieving the history of the century from 1918, it presents the causes and consequences of the second world war.
Need better understand the history of the twentieth century? Nothing like a visit to the Memorial. Today, the museum is at the forefront of historical research with more than 50% of its courses totally refurbished. The news of the world challenges you? The new space "Spots of opinion" is for you. Press cartoonists from all over the world approach with humor and impertinence various topics: armed conflicts, world hunger, ecology ... To facilitate your visit, choose an audio guide, it will focus your attention on The Memorial is open every day from 9am to 6pm - All infos: http://www.memorial-caen.fr