The Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux - Distance from Le Manoir du Quesnay : 6 miles/10 km  Time: 15 minutes

The Bayeux Tapestry was made to commemorate events of the Norman Conquest in 1066. The tapestry was made by Reine Mathilde, wife of William The Conqueror and may have been woven in England. It is displayed in it’s own museum in the town centre of  Bayeux. The large Norman Romanesque Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux, consecrated in 1077 was probably the original home of the tapestry. The linen woven cloth is 70 metres long by 50 cm high and depicts the events leading up to the Norman Conquest including the sighting of Halley’s Comet, the invasion itself and then the defeat of King Harold of England at the Battle of Hastings. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Other sites in Bayeux include:

The Notre-Dame Cathedral

The Botanical Gardens dating from 1864

The Bayeux War Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing

Battle of Normandy Museum

The Open Market every Saturday morning in the Place de St Patrice

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial


Photographs courtesy of Tapisserie de Bayeux

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