William the Conqueror – Caen, France

Le Château de Caen

Le Château de Caen built by William the Conqueror in about the year 1060, Caen, France

Caen Castle, or Le Château de Caen, was built in around the year 1060 by William II, Duke of Normandy, who later became William I of England. He is probably most widely known as William the Conqueror after his victory at the Battle of Hastings where his forces defeated King Harold. The castle is now home to –

  • the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen (Museum of Fine Arts of Caen)
  • the Musée de Normandie (Museum of Normandy)
  • Saint Georges Church
  • the Échiquier de Normandie (Exchequer of Normandy)
  • a garden of plants cultivated in the middle-ages
Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen, France

Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen, France

The Abbey of Saint-Etienne, or Abbaye aux Hommes (“Men’s Abbey”) is William’s final resting place, although his time in the Abbey could be called anything but restful. He returned to Normandy in about 1086 after establishing his rule in England. He died in Rouen in 1087 and his body was eventually taken to Caen where he was buried in the Abbey. Today his grave is marked with a marble slab dating from the 1800’s. The original grave was opened in 1522 by order of the Papacy but his body was re-interred almost immediately. In 1562 the grave was re-opened and William’s bones were scattered. All the bones were lost, with the exception of one thigh bone, which was re-buried in 1642. About a hundred years later a more elaborate monument was placed at the grave, but that was later destroyed during the French Revolution (1789-99), before being replaced with the current marble slab. 

(Source: Wikipedia)

RIP Emily

William the Conqueror's grave

William the Conqueror’s grave inside the Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen, France

Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen, France

Inscription on the outside wall of the Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen, France

Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen, France

Inside the Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen, France

About Ken

Photography is about vision; I love making photographs that tell a location’s story – the place, the people and the culture. I'm a photographer with a relaxed approach. I'm an experienced traveller and love teaching others about photography. Images can be made anywhere - right in your back yard or in exotic overseas locations. I can teach you not only to look at your surroundings, but also to really "see" what's there. Photography is more than just pressing a button. It's also about vision. Let me show you how to explore your world.
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