This square, reorganised in the 18th century, is situated between the court buildings near to the Men’s Abbey and the church of Saint-Sauveur-du-Marché.
Its keystone shape is unusual for a public square. According to historical sources, it is the oldest square in Caen, appearing in many documents as the old Saint Sauveur market place.
At the present time, the market is held on this place every Friday.
The most important public square in the history of Caen has not always been a place of meetings and conviviality. For part of its long existence, it was also the scene of many executions. It is for this reason that for many years it bore the name “Place du Pilori”.
The Saint-Sauveur place is lined with some of the most beautiful mansions of the city.
The Hôtel Canteil de Condé
This private mansion is a beautiful example of the buildings erected in Caen in the middle of the 18th century.
The Hôtel Fouet
This private mansion can be found just opposite the Hôtel Canteil de Condé on the widest part of the square. It too dates from the 18th century and is the most important building erected at that time in the Place Saint-Sauveur.
The Hôtel Marescot de Prémare
This private mansion is built on the corner of the rue Pémagnie and the place Saint Sauveur and is typical of the 18th century buildings all around the square. Built in alignment with the other façades, it follows on from the Hôtel Fouet.