Bayeux Tapestry Museum

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Bayeux Tapestry Museum Reviews

loripori loripori
272 reviews
Bayeux Tapestry Jan 20, 2017
September 24 & 25, 1998

Ever since Hans and I learned about Bayeux and its famous tapestry, we made it a priority to see it the next time we were in France. So after exploring the Loire Valley and its chateaux, we made our way to Falaise, home of William the Conquerer, Caen and Bayeux. We stayed two nights in a 17th century farm, where they offered "Bed & Breakfast". That was an awesome experience. The first day we explored Bayeux, its town center with cobblestone streets and the "Tapisserie de Bayeux". The second day we visited the beaches of Normandy, only 10 kms away, including Longues-Sur-Mer, La Pointe du Hoc, Arromanches and Omaha Beach. All were part of our history and why we are free today.

Bayeux Tapestry

Hans and I heard of this famous tapestry when Hans was investigating his ancestry. We made it a priority to see it while we were in this area of France.

THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY is actually an embroidery in wool on a background of linen, 230 feet long and 20 inches high ( 70 metres x .50 metres). It is a pictorial account of the events leading up to the military invasion of England and the expedition itself, led by William, duke of Normandy. It depicts the Battle of Hastings which led to the crowning of the victorious William as king of England in 1066.

Omaha Beach

Overlooking Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, located in Coleville Sur Mer, contains over 9,000 perfectly aligned white crosses, on a 170 acre plot. A chapel and a memorial are also on the premises.

Hans and I had just seen the movie - Saving Private Ryan - so it was especially moving for us to be standing in this very special place.
Entrance to Bayeux Tapestry Museum
Omaha Beach Cemetery
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kvom kvom
18 reviews
Bayeux Tapestry Museum Jun 09, 2012
This museum exhibits the embroidered linen tapestry that describes the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. The tapestry itself, over 70m long, was likely made by 1070, and is thus over 900 years old.

The museum building is a former convent near the cathedral. The display of the tapestry along with many exhibits relating to it, are extremely well done. The display is much better than when I visited 18 years ago in 1994. An audio player (free with admission) describes each of the 57 scenes as you walk along viewing the tapestry.

Upstairs is a comprehensive display about the making and history of the tapestry, and a film is shown alternately in French and English.

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