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Convent and Church. Trinity: photo description (Abbaye aux Dames)

The history of Caen is connected with the personality of the Duke of Normandy, William the Conqueror, who later became king of England. During his reign, Caen was the capital of Normandy. Some of the sights of the city, as for example, two of the Abbey, are also associated with the name of William the Conqueror.

In the XI century in Caen were built two abbeys - male and female. Their construction was necessary in order for the Catholic Church recognized the marriage of William and Matilda of Flanders and stripped them of the sin of incest. For several years William sought permission to marry Matilda, but in the end and married her illegally. In expiation of this sin, and was built two monasteries on the territory of which there were two churches: Saint-Etienne in the men's and the Holy Trinity in women. By the way, the marriage proved to be very prolific - the William and Matilda were born ten children.

The monastery Church became also the burial place of the spouses. Matilda of Flanders was buried in the tomb behind the altar of the Church of the Holy Trinity, and William the Conqueror in the Church of Saint-Etienne. However, the tomb of the king was sacked, and the tomb is only of the tibia of the monarch.

The Church recognized examples of Norman architecture the Romanesque period. The monasteries were reconstructed: the male in the XVII century, and female - in the 60-ies of the last century.

Currently, in buildings both abbeys are local authorities - the municipality and the local government, so tourists can visit them only during organized excursions. In addition, the Church of the Holy Trinity is the venue for cultural events - festivals and concerts. To the male Abbey is accessed via Rue Saint-Pierre, a female on the street Chanoine.