BAYEUX BESSIN, GATEWAY TO MEDIEVAL NORMANDY
On 25 December 1066, in Westminster Abbey in London, William, Duke of Normandy was crowned King of England! His victory at the famous Battle of Hastings, on 14 October of the same year, earned him the title of William the Conqueror.
This incredible Norman saga is recounted in the famous Bayeux Tapestry, listed in UNESCO's Memory of the World programme. The medieval artistic masterpiece was first displayed in Bayeux's monumental cathedral, when it was consecrated on 14 July 1077, in the presence of the royal couple, William and Matilda.
Bayeux is the centrepiece of the Medieval Normandy destination and the ideal starting point for visiting the most famous Norman sites from the period of William the Conqueror: the Abbaye aux Dames, the Abbaye aux Hommes and Caen Castle, along with Falaise Castle. And not forgetting Mont Saint-Michel, the Wonder of the West.