Saint-Pierre, in front of the castle gates
Across the square in front of the castle of the Normandian dukes, a large speer shaped tower rises up gihgh towards the heavens. This is the Saint-Pierre that dominates this part of Caen city centre. The building is a gothic structure with inside a beautiful wide spacious ship is filled with light that shines in through a 1001 windows.
OLD CAEN 5
Not all of Caen's churches have fared as well as proud St-Pierre. Take poor St-Jean. Its central steeple was sliced off, leaving a few fingers of stone stranded in the sky. Its archways twist and its columns lean and it doesn't look like it should be able to stand, but brave little St-Jean still struggles along...
Caen is a city in the north west France. It is the administrative capital of the Calvados département, and the capital of the administrative Lower Normandy région whose inhabitants are called Caennais. Caen is known for historical buildings built in the time of William the Conqueror, who was buried here. From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, Caen expanded in times of Peace, building its urban image ; private Italian-style mansions, Saint-Sauveur Square and the convent buildings of the two abbeys. In the wake of the poet, François de Malherbe, the city boasted an intense intellectual era. During the 19th Century, the city entered the industrial era with the railroad and canal linking Caen to the sea in 1857. On June 6th 1944, Caen set its mark on the world stage with the Normandy Landings. From its ashes, the city grew to prove the values of peace, solidarity and human rights, so well-reflected today in Caen Memorial.
The Abbaye-aux-Hommes includes St. Etienne Abbey Church (11th, 13th and 17th Centuries) with William the Conqueror's Tomb, the convent buildings (18th Century) today's city hall, the cloister and the Guard's Room (14th Century), former banqueting hall and today the City Council Chamber. The Ladies Abbey includes the former convent buildings (18th Century), today home to the Regional Council of Lower-Normandy and the Holy Trinity Abbey Church. Magnificently restored, the 18th Century convent buildings were occupied by Benedictine nuns until the Revolution. Turned first into a hospital and then a home, they have housed the Lower Normandy Regional Council offices since 1986.
"Caen Memorial, A Museum for Peace"
Caen Memorial - "a museum for peace" stands on a plateau named after General Eisenhower. on a clifftop beneath which the Germans had their HQ in June and July 1944. Funds and material for it came from the US, Britain, Canada, Germany, Poland, the former Czechoslovakia, the USSR and France.
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