Twilight in Caen

I was editing some photos of mine from last summer and came across these from Caen, a city off the Normandy coast. It is a port city located 15 kilometers inland from the English channel where one can hop on a ferry across to England. I remembered it had rained in Normandy that afternoon while visiting the American cemetery in Omaha beach, but luckily – as what seems to be the story of my life – the skies cleared in time for twilight and gave me nice cloud textures and overall beautiful tones.

Caen is a nice quiet town with its own share of antiquated structures and was said to be the favored residence of William the Conqueror. It was devastated during the second World War but a few of its important structures remained, such as what you see here:

The ruins of St Etienne le Vieux or old St. Stephen's was one of the structures that was devastated during the war. The nave and south aisle are completely gone, but the north aisle, transept and crossing tower still stand.

The Abbaye aux Hommes or the Men's Abbey is dedicated to Saint Stephen and is considered to be one of the most notable Romanesque buildings in Normandy.

One of the most imposing structures on the main square of Caen is the Palace of Justice, the court building, which dates from the last half of the 18th century.

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