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Abbey d’Ardenne, Bayeux

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
L' Abbey d'Ardenne, the Abbey of Our Lady of the Ardennes, is a former Premonstratensian abbey founded in the 11th century and located near Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe in Calvados, near Caen, France. It is now occupied by the Institute of Contemporary Publishing Archives.

In June 1944, 20 Canadian soldiers were illegally executed at the abbey by members of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend. The event has become known as the Ardenne Abbey massacre.
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  • It's really just a small walled garden where the SS executed 20 Canadian POW's a day or two post D-Day, but it was among the very first war crimes to be tried in court. Very moving place. The abbey's....  more »
  • A number of Canadian soldiers disappeared during WWII and their bodies were discovered here. This is sacred ground and many Canadians come to visit their fallen relatives to pay honor and respect...  more »
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