Bayeux

We visited the city mainly to see the Bayeux Tapestry.  This embroidered tapestry was hand made by nuns from 1070 to 1080 and was commissioned by the half brother of William the Conqueror to recount all the events leading up to and during the Norman invasion of England in 1066.  The lines were very long to get into the museum but seeing the tapestry was well worth the wait.  We were given audio guides that explained the 50+ scenes on the tapestry which is an astounding 230 feet long.  The tapestry is in a darkened room and no pictures could be taken.
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This is the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux, considered to be the finest of all Norman cathedrals.  I would have to say it is the OMG of all the cathedrals and churches I’ve seen.  I saw Notre Dame in Paris years ago and it didn’t impress me as much as this cathedral.  And we also saw the famous cathedral in Seville in April but this one is tops.  It’s really the inside that is so amazing with all the arches and so much detail in the stone work.
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Bayeux also has some gardens that are considered a national historic site but by the time we came out of the museum it was pouring rain and we had almost a mile walk back to Tulip. 
Tidbit:  Bayeux suffered very little destruction in WWII because it was liberated by the Allies on the second day after the Normandy landings.  As a result, it has retained many of it’s picturesque old buildings. 


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