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Bayeux Travel Guide: 189 reviews and 558 photos

Bayeux, a medieval town in Normandy, is most famous for The Bayeux Tapestry, a remarkable record of William the Conquerer's conquests in the 11th Century.

The town itself is charming, with its medieval center quite well-preserved. The cathedral is impressive, with its requisite gargoyles and an atmospheric crypt.

Bayeux also serves as an ideal lodging for visiting the many sites realted to World War II, including the American Cemetery near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (one of the most moving places I have ever visited).

Bayeux is about 250 km northeast of Paris. It is a very easy drive on the highway A13.

Star Man

One of the surprises to be discovered inside the cathedral-- this very happy saint, standing in the stars.

The Bayeux Tapestry...

is not a tapestry! It would be very strange to hear it called "The Bayeux Needlepoint," but that is what is is. At any rate, this piece of cloth, over 900 years old, tells the story of William's conquest of England in 1066.

I really was fascinated by the legends (based on facts) documented here, and the glimpse into the life and battles of that era.

This piece of the tapestry shows Harold swearing fealty to William-- shallow words, as later history would prove. This oath took place in the Bayeux Cathedral.

The tapestry, with its 57 other scenes, can be found in the Centre de Guillaume le Conquérant (the William the Conqueror Center) in Bayeux. It is well worth the trip.

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  • Last visit to Bayeux: Jan 2004
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  • nonghoi's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2006 at 5:38 PM

    during the owners stay in hospital some 14 years or so ago I and a close friend together with pascal Doublet decorated the inside of the shop just as you see in the photograph unchanged in all theses years

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2006 at 12:53 PM

    Enjoyed your perspective of Bayeux!!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2005 at 3:01 AM

    Fine tips and photos on this page. I learned a lot about the Bayeux Tapestry.

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2005 at 3:25 PM

    well-endowed??? He almost reaches the floor!!!

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2004 at 11:25 AM

    Nice page on Bayeaux. The tapestry is one of the worlds masterpeices of mediaval art.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2004 at 8:28 PM

    Interesting pages and unconventional photography. I like it.

  • BeatChick's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2004 at 3:21 PM

    Fab photos as always! My fave is of the gargoyle. Great info about the Bayeux Tapestry! I think I'll have to go to Bayeux to try that calvados. :)

  • Tolik's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2004 at 3:36 PM

    Yes Bayeux is full of treasures. Excellent page! Thank you Paul.

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2004 at 2:54 AM

    Brings back great memories ... but I didn't try the Glands - yummie, - I would like to try it just now.

  • rozehill's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2004 at 11:47 PM

    What a magnificent tapestry work of art with a story behind it. I surely would like to to try one of those "glands" you describe so eloquently. The water wheel pic is extraordinarily beautiful.

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