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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux

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Address: Impasse Bienvenue | Bayeux, 14400 Bayeux, France
Phone Number: 33 231 920185
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Mon - Fri 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Description: The cathedral of Notre-Dame in Bayeux is an impressive building, a mix of...
The cathedral of Notre-Dame in Bayeux is an impressive building, a mix of Romanesque in the 11th century crypt and glorious Gothic in the 13th-century nave. In the 11th century after the Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066, ties with England were strong. You'll see a reference to the turbulent past above the south transept portal where sculpted scenes show the life of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral on the orders of King Henry II of England. The Bayeux Tapestry was kept here from the 11th to the 18th centuries, probably displayed for the first time on the day the cathedral was consecrated in 1077 in the presence of William the Conqueror.
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A beautiful cathedral that compliments what is perhaps Normandy's most beautiful town. Located fittingly in the heart of the town.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

A beautiful cathedral that compliments what is perhaps Normandy's most beautiful town. Located fittingly in the heart of the town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Walked here after visiting the Bayeux Tapestry. I am not religious but enjoyed visiting here for the experience. The stained glass windows were particularly impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

While we were there they were installing a new bell. Was fun to see the community enjoy this occassion

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

I tend to be a lover of cathderals and try to visit all the great ones whenever I travel to Europe. Bayeux's is truly one of the most beautiful I have ever experienced. Perhaps because Bayeux is a relatively small town and the cathedral is not surrounded by bustling city streets, it is really the only time I visited a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is an amazing and beautiful building. Just from the outside it is stunning, and there are many such buildings in France, but this is one of the best. You find yourself wondering how did they do it, especially back in the day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Not a religious person at all but the splendour of this building inside and out is worth seeing. I marvel at the how the builders managed to create such a building so many years ago and feel it has been lucky to survive wars and the elements. It is splendid at night, well lit and an icon for the town.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

That such an incredible cathedral exists in such a small town is incredible (though fairly typical in France) and it's a bit awe-inspiring.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The organist was practicing his music while we were there which might have made it seem even better. BUT just looking at it from the outside, then going in and touring the inside...it was quite lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We found this cathedral quite beautiful and loved the notices all around informing of it's history. I particularly enjoyed the stained glass windows.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

after seeing so many others it isn't any better but see it if you have time- as mentioned in Tapestry review the Hote Churchill s between the two and you can do both in an afternoon.

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