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Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus)
Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus)(Ranville)
A memorial to the first British soldiers to arrive in Normandy who captured the Pegasus Bridge from the Nazis.
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Monuments & Statues; History Museums
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Memorial of Caen
Memorial of Caen(Caen)
From the origins of the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Mémorial de Caen tells you the story of the XXth century.
Attraction type: History Museums; Military Museums
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Pegasus Bridge
Pegasus Bridge(Ranville)
A recreation of the original bridge captured by the British from the Nazis towards the end of World War II, located on the grounds of the Pegasus Memorial.
Attraction type: Bridges; Historic Sites
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La Colline aux Oiseaux
La Colline aux Oiseaux(Caen)
Attraction type: Gardens
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Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey)
Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey)(Caen)
Owner description: The Men's Abbey - An architectural masterpiece of medieval art and 18th century Guided tours or self-guided tours of the monastic buildings (City Hall) In the 11th century... more Owner description: The Men's Abbey - An architectural masterpiece of medieval art and 18th century Guided tours or self-guided tours of the monastic buildings (City Hall) In the 11th century, William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, King of England, transformed Caen into one of the most powerful cities of its time, which the Men's Abbey is one of the most striking buildings from this period. Born in Falaise in 1027, William was the son of Robert the Magnificent, the future Duke of Normandy, and Herleva, a tanner’s daughter. Upon his father’s death, William became the designated sole heir to the ducal throne. His succession to the throne was challenged by the barons, who considered William to be Robert’s illegitimate son. William quashed the rebels once and for all in 1047 and became the undisputed Duke of Normandy. Towards 1050, William married his distant cousin Matilda of Flanders, despite opposition from Pope Leo IX. The Church forbade their marriage, so Matilda and William sought atonement by founding the Abbayeaux- Dames, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and the Abbaye-aux-Hommes, dedicated to Saint-Etienne. Work began on the Abbaye-aux-Hommes in 1066, the year that marked the Norman conquest of England. Edward, the King of England, had named William, the Duke of Normandy, to be his successor. Upon Edward’s death and betrayed by Harold, Edward’s brother-in-law, William took up arms to assert his claim to the throne. William defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066. William was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey on 25th December 1066, whereupon he became William «the Conqueror». On 9th September 1087, he died in Rouen. According to his wishes, he was buried in the Abbey Church of Saint-Etienne in Caen. Abbey Church of Saint-Etienne Consecrated in 1077, the abbey church represents the oldest part of the site, with most of the features dating back to the 11th and 13th Centuries. The choir was redesigned in the 13th Century to reflect the prevailing Gothic style and is home to the tomb of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England. Monastic buildings The monastery was erected in the 11th Century, but destroyed during the First War of Religion (1562-63), before being rebuilt in the 18th Century. The monastic buildings are built around a Tuscan-style cloister epitomising the classical Italian style. The buildings are today headquarters of Caen City Hall. Together with the recently refurbished Place Saint- Sauveur, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes represents a unique heritage site. Medieval buildings and agricultural buildings The abbey also used to be a farm and an inn. It still houses a cider press, a carriage house and a bakery. Two 14th Century buildings bear witness to the abbey’s former role as a place of refuge and a political venue. - Palais Ducal, which was restored between 2012 and 2013, now hosts the city’s art library and its collection of contemporary art. - The Guardroom, where City Council meetings take place. less
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Cuisine et Cave
Cuisine et Cave
Ranked #1 of 14 Restaurants in Ifs
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Lunch
La Note Du Chef
La Note Du Chef
Ranked #2 of 14 Restaurants in Ifs
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Comme Chez Vous
Comme Chez Vous
Ranked #3 of 14 Restaurants in Ifs
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Subway
Ranked #4 of 14 Restaurants in Ifs
Cuisines: American
Le Cherche Midi
Le Cherche Midi
Ranked #6 of 14 Restaurants in Ifs
Cuisines: Street Food

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

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Hotel Restaurant La Glycine
2.0 of 5
Hotel Restaurant La Glycine
US$ 92 - US$ 132
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Benouville
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Hotel Libera Caen Colombelles
3.0 of 5
Hotel Libera Caen Colombelles
US$ 79 - US$ 102
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Colombelles
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Hotel de Lion sur Mer
2.0 of 5
Hotel de Lion sur Mer
US$ 58 - US$ 102
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lion-sur-mer
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

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Hotel La Fontaine Caen Centre
2.0 of 5
Hotel La Fontaine Caen Centre
US$ 87 - US$ 156 (€ 75 - € 135)
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Caen
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Ibis Styles Caen Centre Gare
3.0 of 5
Ibis Styles Caen Centre Gare
US$ 60 - US$ 146
Ranked #2 of 41 Hotels in Caen
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Premiere Classe Caen Nord - Memorial
2.0 of 5
Premiere Classe Caen Nord - Memorial
US$ 36 - US$ 58 (€ 31 - € 50)
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Saint-Contest
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

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Mercure Caen Cote de Nacre Herouville Saint Clair Hotel
4.0 of 5
Mercure Caen Cote de Nacre Herouville Saint Clair Hotel
US$ 84 - US$ 140 (€ 73 - € 121)
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Riva Bella Hotel
4.0 of 5
Riva Bella Hotel
US$ 147 - US$ 236
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Ouistreham
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Adagio Caen Centre
4.0 of 5
Adagio Caen Centre
US$ 75 - US$ 144
Ranked #4 of 41 Hotels in Caen
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