The Caen Memorial
You can’t go to Caen without visiting the Caen Memorial, Peace Museum. Inaugurated in 1988, the Memorial of Caen was designed in commemoration of the Battle of Normandy. This museum is above all an international cultural center dedicated to the history of the 20th century and to peace. You can discover an exciting film on D-Day, broadcast on a giant screen. This film traces the history of the Landing with an image divided in two, from the Allied point of view and from the German point of view.
The Vaugueux District
In this picturesque area where the family of Edith Piaf lived, you will find many restaurants offering typical and traditional cuisine.
The Hotel of Escoville
In this typical hotel of the first renaissance is the headquarters of the Tourist Office.
The Saint-Pierre Church
This Renaissance-style parish church, built in the 12th century, is striking for the luxury of its ornamentation.
Le Jardin des Plantes
In 1689, Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Caen, Mr. Gallard de la Ducquerie, bought a garden and filled it with rare plants. Today, it allows you to discover more than 2000 different species in a space for games and relaxation.
L'Abbaye aux Hommes
William the Conqueror undertook in 1066 the construction of the Abbey to Men, to be reconciled with the Vatican which accused him of having married the Princess of Flanders, his distant cousin. Begun in the Romanesque style, it was completed in the 13th century in the Gothic style. It shelters the tomb of the Duke-King. This remarkable masterpiece of architecture impresses with the elegance of its lines combining Romanesque aesthetics, Gothic elan and the classical majesty of conventual dwellings.
L'Abbaye aux Dames
Built between 1060 and 1080 by Queen Mathilde, this Abbey is the counterpart of the Abbaye aux Hommes. The Church of the Trinity, built in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 12th century, is a fine example of Romanesque art. One of the highlights is the beautiful crypt, whose Romanesque arches stand on 16 columns. Queen Mathilde rests in the heart of the church.
It was built by William the Conqueror. It was damaged by the bombing of 1944 and restored after the war. It now houses the Caen Fine Arts Museum, the Museum of Normandy and the Saint-Georges Church.