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Abbaye aux Hommes

I spent the last couple of days in Normandy, France. This photo is from the city of Caen, the captital of the Calvados department and the Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy) region.

Seen here is the Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey), a former Benedictine monastery, dedicated to Saint Stephen. It was founded in 1063 by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, the man who three years later won the Battle of Hasting and became the first Norman king of England. His tomb is found inside the Abbey.

The building next to the Abbey is the town hall of Caen, in front of which were all the flags of the E.U. member states, Canada and the U.S.A., hence the flags of Croatia, Finland, Italy and Malta in the foreground.

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