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Listed in UNESCO's "Memory of the World' programme, this 70 metre-long embroidery, dating from the 11th century, retraces the story of the Norman conquest in 1066 by William the Conqueror
The museum welcomes over 400,000 visitors each year
A certified Normandie Qualité Tourisme site



HISTORY
Listed in UNESCO's "Memory of the World" programme, the Bayeux Tapestry (Calvados) is in fact a 70 metre-long embroidery produced in the 11th century.
This linen drape celebrates the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy and was very probably embroidered by monks in the south of England, immediately after the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066.
Mythological beasts, Viking ships, Norman horsemen and Saxon foot soldiers combine to illustrate William's great military feat against his adversary, Harold of Wessex, the other claimant to the English throne.
The building within which the Bayeux Tapestry has been displayed since 1983 also houses the municipal media library. This vast edifice, the former diocesan seminary, is of classical architecture and dates from the last decade of the 17th century. It stands on the site of the former medieval priory of which only the chapel, a fine example of 13th century Norman Gothic architecture, remains.
The Bayeux Tapestry, which dates back to the 11th century, is one of the Western world's most renowned medieval masterpieces. In turn referred to as the "Telle du Conquest" by the cathedral's canons, "William's Toilette" in the 18th century or even "Queen Matilda's Tapestry" in the 19th century, this historic masterpiece of precious documentary value, retraces a series of events in both Normandy and England during the late 11th century.

MUSEUM VISIT
The Tapestry gallery, on the ground floor:
Protected from natural light, this quite unique work can nevertheless be admired by visitors. Visits are audio-guided and a running commentary explains each of the tapestry's 58 scenes. The commentary has been translated into 14 different languages, and a special text adapted for children is available in both French and English.
The museum visit continues on the upper floors via the impressive grand staircase.

Interpretation room, on the first floor:
Plunge into the very heart of William the Conqueror's era and the famous Battle of Hastings!
Thanks to illustrated explanatory panels, maps, scale models and a clear and comprehensive genealogical chart, the visitor is sure to find an answer to each and every imaginable question on life in Normandy and in England during the reign of William I. Neither Bayeux stitch nor the eventful story behind the Tapestry will hold any secrets for them.

Cinema on the second floor: accessible via the central staircase from the interpretation room, or by lift.
A 16 minute film projection is available in French and English.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Centre Guillaume le Conquérant, 13 bis, rue de Nesmond - 14400 BAYEUX
Tel: 02.31.51.25.50 - Fax: 02.31.51.25.59 - http://www.tapisserie-bayeux.fr/




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