Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux tapestryThe Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.

The tapestry consists of some fifty scenes with Latin tituli, embroidered on linen with coloured woollen yarns. It is likely that it was commissioned by Bishop Odo, William’s half-brother, and made in England in the 1070s. The tapestry is now exhibited at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. (edited from wikipedia)

As you enter the dark room where the tapestry is displayed, you are given an audio guide which explains each scene of the tapestry. Although it’s not possible to pause the audio guide commentary, the tapestry panels are on display in another part of the museum. Here you can peruse the detail to your heart’s content and marvel at the story telling and the intricacies of the needlework.

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