"Caen -- Sword & Juno Beaches" Caen by Ewingjr98
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The city of Caen sits just south of the Normandy invasion beaches codenamed Sword and Juno. This city is the gateway to all of Normandy, but especially these westernmost beaches.
In the weeks following D-Day, Caen became a German stronghold and a critical junction preventing the Allied advance deeper into France. Weeks and weeks of bombings destroyed the city, and it ultimately fell in July 1944, opening the road to Paris.
The city of Caen is the largest in the region of Normandy. It has ancient roots going back prior to William the Conqueror establishing his headquarters here in 1060. Le Château de Caen is a great castle-fortress which is now home to a large museum covering the Normandy Invasion. Other famous locations in Caen are Abbaye-aux-Hommes and Abbaye-aux-Dames built in the 1060s by William the Conqueror and his wife (& cousin) Mathilde.
Eglise Saint Pierre sits near the center of Caen near the castle. It was built from the 13th to 16th Century. The... more travel advice
Sword is the easternmost of the five D-Day landing beaches. It was attacked by the British 2nd Army along with... more travel advice
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