tapissÉrie de bayeux
MUCH more than a stitch in time
According to the legend, the
Bayeux tapestry was made by Reine Mathilde, wife of William the Conqueror. In
fact, it was probably embroidered by monks in the south of England after the
Battle of Hastings on October 14th, 1066.
© ATOUT FRANCE/CDT Calvados
Listed as a “Memory of the World” by UNESCO, the Bayeux Tapestry (Calvados)
is an embroidery, 70 metres long, made in the 11th century.
Legendary animals, ships, Vikings, Norman and Saxon
cavalries illustrate the exploits of William and his opponent Harold, another
pretender to the throne of England.
In 2018, it was learned that secret wartime documents revealed
how Allied code breakers uncovered a Nazi plot to steal the Bayeux Tapestry to
hang on the walls of Heinrich Himmler ’s castle.
Tel: 02 31 51 25 50
Every day except 7-22 Jan, 24-26 Dec, 31 Dec-2 Jan:
Mid Mar-mid Nov, 0900-1745 (1815, May-Aug); mid Nov-mid Mar, 0930-1145, 1400-1715.
The "Parc Michel d'Ornano" is specifically
reserved for free parking for vehicles. It is equipped with public conveniences
and a shaded picnic area. The car park gives direct access to the museum.
The Bayeux Tapestry is indicated throughout the town, and
near the museum itself, with two types of signpost: one for pedestrians and the
other for motorists, easily to identify with their different logos.