Of Viking origin, William the Conqueror set up his capital at Caen before establishing his dominion over England in 1066 after defeating the Saxons at Hastings.
The history of this conquest is recounted on the famous Bayeux tapestry. At the corner of the museum housing this work, you can admire the rich architectural heritage of the city, such as the neo-Romanesque and Gothic cathedral, the ancient streets and the beautifully preserved half-timbered houses.
In Caen, the "city of a hundred bell towers", you will discover picturesque districts and remarkable buildings, including the mediaeval castle begun by William the Conqueror and completed by his son, Henry Beauclerc. The Duke also left behind two sublime abbeys, the Abbaye aux Hommes (men’s abbey) and the Abbaye aux Dames, (women’s abbey) where he and his wife were buried in the 11th century.