14 Facts About Bayeux


Bayeux is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandy in northwestern France.

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Bayeux is the home of the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England.

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Bayeux is located at the crossroads of RN 13 and the train route Paris-Caen-Cherbourg.

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Bayeux station has rail connections to Caen, Cherbourg, Granville and Paris.

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River Aure flows through Bayeux, offering panoramic views from a number of locations.

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Bayeux was built on a crossroads between Lisieux and Valognes, developing first on the west bank of the river.

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An important city in Normandy, Bayeux was part of the coastal defence of the Roman Empire against the pirates of the region, and a Roman legion was stationed there.

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Under Richard the Lionheart, Bayeux was wealthy enough to purchase a municipal charter.

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The capture of Bayeux heralded a return to prosperity as new families replaced those decimated by war, and they built some 60 mansions scattered throughout the city, with stone supplanting wood.

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The buildings in Bayeux were virtually untouched during the Battle of Normandy, the German forces being fully involved in defending Caen from the Allies.

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Bayeux is the home of a memorial to all of the journalists who have lost their lives while reporting.

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Bayeux is a major tourist attraction, best known to British and French visitors for the Bayeux Tapestry, made to commemorate events in the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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The large Norman-Romanesque and Gothic Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux, consecrated in 1077, was probably the original home of the tapestry, where William's half-brother Odo of Bayeux would have had it displayed.

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Jardin botanique de Bayeux is a local botanical garden dating from 1864.

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