Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Tapestry That Told a Story in Bayeux

Have you ever heard of the Norman city of Bayeux? My guess is probably not, but no visit to Normandy should be complete without it.

What makes Bayeux different from your average small French town, though? That would be its famed tapestry, measuring at 229 feet long, 19 inches high, and nearly 800 pounds.

La Tapisserie de Bayeux, or the Bayeux Tapestry, recounts William the Conqueror's reign. The tapestry covers year 1064 through the Battle of Hastings in 1066, where William conquered England. The story is told entirely by the images on the tapestry. Fear not, though, as the museum admission includes an audioguide that gives you a detailed account.

Photos were not allowed in the museum, but here are some images to give you an idea:

Have any of you visited Bayeux? I want to give a special shoutout to Zoe of Paper Macaron, for it was her post about Bayeux that not only taught me about the city, but also inspired me to visit!

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