The Abbaye-aux-Hommes has been an important site in the city of Caen for the past nine centuries. The abbey, which features sober yet grandiose architecture, was founded by William the Conqueror to obtain the pardon of Pope Leo IX, who condemned his marriage with Matilda, considered too close a relative of the monarch.
Despite the Hundred Years War, the Religious Wars and the two world wars, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes has retained its lustre. Built in beautiful dressed stone, the Abbey took on its current form in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, whilst maintaining the Gothic and Romanesque style buildings.
The towers topped by Gothic spires therefore coexist in harmony with the Romanesque nave in this majestic site!
Located at the top of Arromanches, this circular cinema dominates the last vestiges of two artificial harbours installed by Allied forces during World War II. Take the opportunity to learn about the D-Day landings in an unusual way, through the history of the liberation of the city.
The film The Price of Freedom, projected onto nine screens in a circular room, allows you to discover an amazing technical process combining archival footage and current images. This 360° projection immerses you in the heart of the action along the pontoons of Arromanches and in the bunkers, in order that the visitor can better understand the events of this historic day.
The St.Theresa of Lisieux Sanctuary is famous for its environment, composed of the basilica, shelters and general services. Built in 1929, the basilica is the second most important pilgrimage site in France after Lourdes.
St. Theresa of Lisieux was beatified in 1923 and canonised in 1925. The basilica pays tribute to her and invites visitors to learn about the saint's devotion.
Listed as a Historic Monument, the basilica is fronted by a grand forecourt and presents a composite (Roman-Byzantine) architecture. Its dimensions bear comparison with the largest cathedrals. Indeed, this is one the biggest churches built in the twentieth century.
Do your children love giant nets, tree climbing, bubble football, pedal karting, inflatable structures or trampolines? Then take them to Bayeux Aventure. Not only will the children have a great time but parents will also be able to make the most of it by testing out the paint-balling for example.
And if you have worked up an appetite after all these activities, a food stand offers you various set menus and sweet treats.
Opened in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of D-Day, the Colline aux Oiseaux is a vast expanse of greenery and flowers covering more than 17 hectares.
The various gardens offer plenty of walks: the large rose garden, the French town garden, the twin city garden or the maze.
Normandy is shown in 1/1000th scale, and the region's specialities and particularities are also on display. This is the ideal place to relax and to discover a wide variety of plants.