Bayeux Cathedral

Bayeux
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

This splendid cathedral is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture. Originally built to a Romanesque design in the 11th century, very little of the original architecture remains as it has been rebuilt over time. During the Wars of Religion, the cathedral suffered greatly with much of the furniture, stalls and organ destroyed in 1562. Formerly the home of the Bayeux Tapestry, the cathedral has some beautiful stained glass windows and is a serene place to spend some time in reflection.

 

Nearby attractions

The famous Bayeux Tapestry depicts the events of the Norman Conquest of England and is believed to have been created for Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux, in England.

Bayeux was the first town liberated during the Battle of Normandy in 1944 and it is fittingly the home of a Museum dedicated to the Battle that raged for over 2 months across the region.

Standing opposite the British War Cemetery, the Bayeux Memorial is inscribed with the names of over 1,800 men who lost their lives in the early stages of the Normandy Campaign.

Standing opposite the Museum of the Battle of Normandy and the Bayeux Memorial, the Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in France.

Places to visit nearby

Bayeux in Normandy is a beautiful medieval city, brimming with history, and is the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.