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Best Places to Visit in Bayeux
The quarter of the Tanners and Dyers in Bayeux is a scenic area.
The Cathédrale of Notre Dame is compact but dramatic. Its spires can be seen from anywhere in the city.
Bayeux, France was the first town liberated after the
invasion and was the site of the historic moment when General Charles De Gaulle
greeted his compatriots during his first return to France since the time of
its conquest by Germany during World War II.
The Musée Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and several other interesting attractions in Bayeux are related to WWII, but the historic Bayeux Tapestry is the town's most visited attraction.
The Bayeux Tapestry
The Bayeux Tapestry, an
embroidery on wool, dates from the 11th century. It was created to tell the story of
William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings in England (1066), a battle that
became known as the Norman Invasion. As you may know, William was the Duke
of Normandy who believed he had been promised the kingship of England and
invaded the country when the promise was broken. The Tapestry, consisting of
58 embroidered scenes, is approximately 280 feet in length, two feet high
and in amazing condition. The final few panels of the tapestry have
been missing since the French Revolution. Each of the colorful panels of the
Tapestry recounts an important part of the history leading the Battle of
Hasting, as well as detailing the Battle and its aftermath. The scenes
depict people, events and places and include some commentary in Latin.
The Center Guillaume includes several rooms that display important aspects of the region’s history and these exhibits help set the stage for understanding the story of the Tapestry. It will take about an hour to view the displays and another twenty to thirty minutes to examine the Tapestry.
The Tapestry viewing room is windowless and darkened to protect the fabric of the Tapestry, which is presented behind a protective glass but close enough to see the amazing amount of detail put into the Tapestry. The linear nature of the display and large crowds may result in slow viewing.
For more information on the Tapisserie de Bayeux, see the official website.
The Cathedrale Notre-Dame
After viewing the Tapestry, if you continue down the
Rue de Nesmond in a westerly direction, the street crosses the river and
changes names near Rue Larcher to become Rue Lambert Le Forestier, which
leads to the medieval, gothic Cathedrale Notre-Dame (you can see its towers
from most places in the town).
World War II Museums
For more information about Bayeux, see the town’s
excellent tourism web site at
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A panel from the Bayeux Tapestry.
The interior of the Cathédrale of Notre Dame is rich in detail.
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