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Recovery from WWII

Caen (120k) is the most populous city in all of Normandy. It is also a port city and one of heavy manufacture. It was almost 75% demolished in WWII and evidences of that experience are only seen where it is wished to memorialize the events. Remarkably, most of its churches did not suffer. It was the ruling center for William the Conquerer (died 1077) and the churches that he and his wife built (each part of an Abbey) are fine examples of Romanesque architecture, even though they have undergone some later changes. The west fronts and naves in particular are models of the style. There is a castle, also started by William, walling in a large area, with views of the usual commercial city studded with more nearby churches.

How We Visited

We decided to spend a complete day studying the sights of Caen, We chise not to stay along the nearby beaches but opted to go 17.5 km south to a small place, Thury-Harcourt, where we found a small Inn with excellent food. This provided a base for us to drive to Caen and Bayeux for day-long visits, plus an opportunity to spend another day in the Suisse Normand.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Heavy Taste of Romanesque architecture
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:A fine city to visit and even to linger in overnight
  • Last visit to Caen: May 1988
  • Intro Updated Jan 1, 2008
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