Friday, April 22, 2011

A Sunny Day in Caen

The Abbaye aux hommes (Men's Abbey) shines in the glorious spring sun. The original squat Romanesque church on the right was built in the 11th Century. Gothic elements were added in the 12th Century. The flying buttresses can be seen supporting the narrow tall structures in the centre. The classicist building on the left is the Caen town hall (hôtel de ville).

During the Battle of Normandy in 1944 Caen citizens were hiding inside the church. A hospital was set up there and a large red cross painted in blood on the roof to show Allied aircraft that it was not to be bombed.

Photo ©A.Anichkin

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