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Caen was the main objective for the British 3rd Infantry division on D Day 6th June 1944.  However due to heavy fighting Caen was not captured until 14th July 1944. By the time it was liberated Caen had been reduced to a pile of ruins.  Today Caen has been rebuilt and is the lively, cultured capital of Normandy. There is Chateau Ducal, home to William the Conqueror which dominates the town and Musee des Beaux Arts which is in the castle walls. There are also two abbeys - Abbaye aux Hommes and Abbaye aux Dames. an Art Museum, the Memorial Peace Museum and the Botanical Gardens. There are also extensive shopping malls / department stores. Ouistreham is the port of Caen which most visitors come to when visiting Normandy.


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Photographs 1 & 3 taken by Dave Vickers, Photocoordinates