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  La Trinité
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  • La Trinité - Caen
      La Trinité
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  • La Trinité - Caen
      La Trinité
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  • the nave - Caen
      the nave
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  • Queen Mathilde's tomb - Caen
      Queen Mathilde's tomb
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  • the arches - Caen
      the arches
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The church of La Trinité was part of the Abbaye aux Dames, founded by Queen Mathilde in 1063-65, just after Guillaume le Conquérant had started the Abbaye aux Hommes (see above). Both were erected as an act of forgiveness since the Duke and Mathilde, who were relatives, got married without the dispensation of the Roman Pope.
The works continued in the 12th century but the church was rearranged many times and the façade was rebuilt in the 19th century with elements that do not belong to the regional tradition.
Inside you will find a black marble stone that marks Mathilde's tomb. The crypt is one of the most ancient parts of the abbey.
Like the Abbaye aux Hommes, also the Abbaye aux Dames was completely rebuilt at the beginning of the 18th century. The buildings hosted the hôtel-Dieu (city hospital) from 1863 and the Saint Louis hospice between 1914 and 1983. Today, it is the seat of the Conseil régional de Basse-Normandie.

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