Listed as a “Memory of the World” by UNESCO, the Bayeux Tapestry (Calvados) is an embroidery, 70 metres long, made in the 11th century.
Celebrating the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy, this linen canvas was probably embroidered by monks in the south of England after the Battle of Hastings on October 14th, 1066.
Legendary animals, ships, Vikings, Norman and Saxon cavalries illustrate the exploits of William and his opponent Harold, another pretender to the throne of England.
Installed in 1983 in the old Grand Seminary, the museum welcomes around 400,000 visitors each year, most of them Anglo-Saxons. There is a permanent staff of eighteen in this municipal museum: a small, energetic group, completed in summer by many students.
In the centre of the town of Bayeux, the Tapestry museum is surrounded by historical monuments, town houses and pedestrian walkways along the Aure, the river that winds its way slowly through the town.
The Bayeux Tapestry Museum is open to the public every day of the week (except nine days for the annual closure). Opening hours vary according to the season. NB: the ticket office closes 45 minutes before the museum.
The Bayeux Tapestry Museum
Centre Guillaume Le Conquérant
Rue de Nesmond
Tel: +33(0)231 512 550
Official website- www.bayeuxmuseum.com
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