William the Conqueror's Castle in Caen literally reeks of history that is significant to those with a British heritage, significant not only as the major power base for the Norman King who conquered and transformed England, but also for the hard fought battle to take Caen itself in WWII. This battle held up the British and Canadian forces for longer than intended but so stretched the German forces that US forces were able to subdue the German forces in the South and the East.
Caen Castle bears the scars to this day and it is interesting to try to spot the damage caused by bullets and shrapnel. The walls themselves are impressive and would have been a formidable stronghold in 1944 let alone in the mediaeval period. The castle including its cannon towers have a comprehensive view out over Caen and the surrounding countryside.
It well worth seeing. There appear to be continuing restoration and archaeological works being undertaken even now so this will continue to improve our understanding and appreciation of this site. Signs are also in English which is a great help.
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