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Tapestry - Tapisserie, Bayeux: 16 reviews and 29 photos

  Entrance to the William the Conqueror Center
by ExGuyParis

This piece of linen, over 85 meters long and 60cm wide, is embroidered with 58 scenes that depict the story of William, Duke of Normandy, who is better known as William the Conqueror.

In 1064, Harold Godwinson, brother-in-law of Edward the Confessor, came to Bayeux to promise the Throne of England to William, Duke of Normandy, upon the death of Edward. Harold obviously had second thoughts, because her returned to England and accepted the crown for himself when Edward died. William, not thrilled with this news, gathered some fellow Normans and set sail for England. This led to a battle and a date programmed in many history students' brains-- the Battle of Hastings in 1066, in which the Norman conquest met with success. A few weeks later, Harold met his end with an arrow in his eye.

The Bayeux Tapestry documents these events, but the end of the story is missing; the end of the tapestry was lost some time ago. I like to wonder where it might be... hidden in an heirloom trunk, passed down from generation to generation? Or maybe chopped off because the wool threads served as a meal for some moths?

The tapestry is now housed in a museum called "Centre Guillaume le Conquérant"-- the William the Conqueror Center. The museum building was previously a seminary. Now it houses the tapestry, a gift shop, a theater that shows a film in French as well as in English (check the times for the film, and this can help you plan your time in the other exhibits).

Admission is 7.40 Euros for adults and 3 Euros for students; this includes an audio-guide recorded in 11 languages (French, English, German, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Russian, and Spanish).

The museum is open from 9h00 to 18h30. In the winter, the museum is closed during lunch (12h30 to 14h00).

Address: rue de Nesmond
Directions: If you enlarge the photo, you will see that the sign says "Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde"-- "Tapestry of Queen Matilda." This is a nice legend, that William's queen did the needlepoint, but one widely viewed as false.
Phone: 33 (0)2 31 51 25 50

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 25, 2004
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