Caen, France Cruise Port
Once a city of great turmoil that has since built a memorial to peace, the cruise port of Caen, France is now a center of political, economic, and cultural power. Located in northeastern France, the second largest municipality in all of Normandy, Caen is famous for a number of historical structures that were built during the reign of William the Conqueror. William himself is buried in Caen, at least what's left of him: the tomb has been disturbed multiple times since William died, and only his thigh bone remains. Another notable Caen citizen is Charlotte Corday, who grew up in the Abbaye-aux-Dames and later famously killed radical revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat as he bathed. Despite all of the excitement that Caen has experienced in its past, it’s now an excellent place to learn about the past and experience its hopeful future. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Caen, France:
- The Mémorial de Caen is a war memorial and museum that commemorates World War II and is dedicated to showcasing the effects of war. It officially opened on June 6, 1988, which was the 44th anniversary of D-Day, by French President François Mitterrand; it has since added a gallery dedicated to the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Visit the Château de Caen, built around 1060 by William the Conqueror. It's still one of the largest medieval fortresses in Western Europe, and is now a museum housing the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen (Museum of Fine Arts of Caen) and Musée de Normandie (Museum of Normandy).
- The Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey) is Caen’s most important medieval site, and now part of the Caen city hall. Next door is where you'll find Église St-Étienne (St. Stephen’s Church), famous for a Romanesque nave and William the Conqueror’s rebuilt tomb.
- For a break from sightseeing, check out the Jardin des Plantes, a lovely botanical garden that creates some green within the city. It's separated into seven different areas, such as a theme garden, greenhouse, and orangery.