The Bayeux Tapestry

Another world-renowned icon of Normandy, the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry (External link) has to be seen to be believed: actually a wool embroidery on linen fabric, it measures around 70m in length and tells the story of the Norman conquest of England in 1066 by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, through 50 individual scenes.

It was probably made in Canterbury around 1070 and, as it was produced within a generation of the Norman defeat of the Anglo-Saxons, it’s considered to be a somewhat accurate representation of events. Art historians believe the patron was Odo, Bishop of Bayeux.

The colours are remarkably vibrant, predominantly terracotta, blue-green, olive green and gold, with later repairs worked in light yellows and oranges. Audio-guided tours are available. A real feast for the eyes!