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Bayeux is the most famous commune in the Calvados department in Normandy in northwestern France, that holds the Bayeux tapestry, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman Conquest in England. Bayeux was founded as a Gallo-Roman settlement in the 1st century BC under the name Augustodorum. The area around Bayeuxis called the Bessin, which was the bailiwick of the province Normandy until the French Revolution. During the Second World War, Bayeux was the first city of the Battle of Normandy to be liberated. Bayeux is a wonderful holiday destination that provides a glimpse into the past history of France.

Top Attractions Within Bayeux

Bayeux Tapestry is the most famous embroidered cloth put on display at Musee de la Tapisserie. The cloth depicts the events leading up to the Norman Conquest of England concerning William Duke of Normandy and Harold, Earl of Wessex. The tapestry consists of 50 scenes with Latin captions embroidered on linen with coloured woollen yarns. Do not miss out on seeing the tapestry, if you are in Bayeux.

Notre Dame de Bayeux is a wonderful Norman Romanesque cathedral, located in in downtown Bayeux. The site is an ancient one and was once occupied by Roman sanctuaries. The cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings, that combines both Roman and Gothic architecture. Although it is massive, inside visitors can admire the wonderfully crafted stain glass.

Botanic Garden of Bayeux is a gorgeous botanical garden and municipal park, located in the heart of Bayeux. The garden site was formerly a meadow, bequeathed in 1851 by Charlemagne Jean Delamare as a garden for teaching horticulture. Many of the specimens planted 1859 still remains. The most notable among its roughly 400 mature trees is a weeping European Beech, that in 1932 was named a natural monument.

Bayeux War Cemetery is the second largest British cemetery dating from the Second World War in France. There are 4648 graves, including 3935 British and 466 Germans. Most of those buried there were killed in the invasion of Normandy.