BAYEUX - CAEN, William the Conqueror

full day 10 hours

Description

Departure is from your port of call with your driver and your requested language speaking guide to Bayeux by freeway.
Bayeux is a small town that lies on the Aure River in Normandy, located 16 miles west-northwest of Caen and roughly 166 miles northwest of Paris. Bayeux is home to the famous tapestry which bears its name.

The Musee de la Reine Mathilde displays the famous Bayeux Tapestry.  This large embroidery tells the story of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The medieval Tapestry [Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde] is probably the world’s most famous embroidery.  The Tapestry stretches 231 feet long and is 19.5 inches wide.  It was made of a seamless strip of linen, embroidered with eight colors of woolen thread.  It is a needlework panorama of 72 individual scenes, and 1512 figures, with identifying Latin inscriptions, of the Norman Conquest. 
Bayeux Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux) is a Norman-Romanesque cathedral, located in the town of Bayeux. It is the seat of the Bishop of Bayeux. The site is an ancient one and was once occupied by Roman sanctuaries. The present cathedral was consecrated on 14 July 1077 in the presence of William, Duke of Normandy and King of England. It was here that William forced Harold Godwinson to take the oath, the breaking of which led to the Norman conquest of England.

Bayeux products include, lace, the lace school provides courses to teach lacing and tapestry embroidery lesson.

After this visit you will be driven to Caen Down Town, right in the middle of William's Castle. Built around 1060 by William the Conqueror to house his residential palace, Caen Castle is one of the largest fortified enclosures in Europe. In turn, fortress, barracks and now a cultural crossroads with a wealth of monuments dating back to the Middle Ages: The Dukes of Normandy's exchequer rooms (12th century), the church of Saint Georges (12th to 15th century).
From the Chateau your guide will describe St Peter Church, built between the 13th and the 16th centuries; this church exhibits a transition of styles: High and Flamboyant Gothic gives way to Renaissance. Boasting a superb 14th century church tower, measuring almost 240 ft. Then a short drive to Abbey for Men and St Etienne Church visit including a nice walk through City Hall garden.
Another short drive will take you to Abbey for Women for an inside visit before heading back to your port of call.