You'll find a few D-Day memorials inside Bayeux cathedral.
To the right of the nave is a commemorative stain glass window. The window shows the Corps and Divisional emblems of the Allied Forces. You can light a candle in their memory, for a small fee.
Also you will find a plaque to Major Peter Dewey, who was killed in Saigon in 1945. His family originated from Bayeux and he spent much of his childhood in the City. There is a mass held on 26th September each year.
A Norman-Romanesque cathedral started in the 11th century but mainly built in the 13th, surprised us in Bayeux.
We were so concentrated in WW2 remains and so short in time, that we didn't even enter it.
Later on, I read something about an important tapestry that...
I knew! We must read before going anywhere!
One of my favorite stories about this cathedral is the encounter of William of Normandy and Harold Godwinson a couple of years before William’s conquest of England. I understand that poor Harold had been left in Normandy due to a shipwreck and was the “guest” of William. Both were after the throne of England upon the anticipated death of Edward the Confessor. William agreed to let Harold return to England only after the latter swore to uphold William’s claim to the throne. So, here in Bayeux Cathedral, Harold put one hand on the bible and another on a chest of holy relics and swore to do so. Of course as soon as he got back to England, he dismissed the oath as invalid due to coercion and had himself crowned king. The next meeting of the two was at Hastings and the rest, as they say, is history.
Apart from its historic significance the cathedral is an exquisite example of Norman/Romanesque architecture. It is a very imposing structure towering over the town and has stunningly bright stained glass and amazing statuary both inside and out. It was here that the Tapestry was orinally housed and displayed. While it was dedicated in 1077, like virtually every ancient cathedral, this one has antecedents that date back a few centuries and has undergone changes, but the present one I understand is pretty much as it was in the 13th Century. Under the altar is a crypt which I understand is all that is left of the original church. It has some pretty well preserved frescoes above some old stones covering, I guess, venerated folk from the past centuries.
Located not far from the Tapestry Museum is the impressive Cathedrale Notre Dame.
Dating from the 13th century its spectacular Norman Gothic architecture made sure we didn't miss when we drove into town. The tall central tower was added in the 15th Century.
The inside of the Cathedral is serene and has some beautiful stained glass windows. Make sure you stick your head in and take a moment for quiet reflection.
This Cathedral was consecrated in 1077 by Odon of Bayeux, half-brother of William the Conqueror, although construction works continued well into the 13th century. Some windows show traces of rayonnant and flamboyant gothic, older elements of the church are even in romanic style.
There is a possibility to visit the crypt too. For that, please contact the Musee Baron Gerard under the phone number given below.
It is said that the tapestry was to be shown in the Cathedral but it was not after a dispute between Odon and William. Anyway, it is also a few meters longer than the place thought for it.
The famous Bayeux Tapestry was originally displayed inside this cathedral. It has since been moved to a museum of its very own nearby. The cathedral, the tapestry, the old town and the market on market days are things you should not miss in Bayeux. I love the water wheel in summer when it's covered with flowers. It is interesting in Fall and Winter, but it looks spectacular with flowers.
When in the cathedral, be sure to go down into the crypt. It is covered with wonderful frescoes. Once we were fortunate enough to be visiting the crypt while a lone woman was singing the Offices very quietly all during our visit. That was magical. It is also fun to tour the cathedral when the organist is practicing and if you visit on a Saturday, you may see a wedding.
Do visit the web site below. The Friends of Bayeux Cathedral have one of the best interactive web sites I've seen and the photos are stunning.
Construction of this cathedral began in the Roman period. It was rebuilt due to fire damage in a Gothic style. This is one of the first things you see when you get to this town. It is absolutely beautiful.
It is built on the site of an ancient Romanesque church. The most important parts of contruction were from 1220-1270.
Completion of the church was in the 19th century and it is what we see today.
Parts of the large Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux, on a steep hillside in the city also called Bayeux, date from the 11th Century and were built by relatives of William the Norman. From the exterior, this is one of the more impressive churches in northern France. We did not go inside.
In 1077 the roman predessesor of the gothic cathedral that you see now-a-days in the centre of Bayeux, was initiated as cathedral. For this a special present was revealed: a 70 meters long tapestry (yes, later more about this monumental tapestry). Alas, several times the church burned down in city fires and in the 12th century one decided to built larger and different: a gothic church arose in the next few centuries. The construction however did not go easy as well, as constant lack in funding and various builing construction faliours led to many delays. When in 1652 the Hugenots plundered the church it was actually ready for destruction again, but was saved by local fundings for later repair. Eventually rebuilding started and then the second worldwar took care of yet another fierce damaging of the beautiful church, In the decades after the war, the cathedral finally rised from it's ashes to be faced with amazement today ... until ...
The tall paty of the cathedral is built in Gothic style and there are great windows. The choir to three orders of arcades is built in pure Gothic style. In the ambulatory there are frescos of the fifteenth and sixteenth century. Very nice are the stained windows.
The cattedrla of Notre Dame is wonderful: it is 102 meters long and 22 meters tall. The inside is formed from three aisles with transept, choir and ambulatory. The Romanesque arcades of the median aisle have a beautiful geometric decoration with bas-reliefs with fantastic motives.
The beautiful facade of the Cathedral of Notre Dame is lower down formed with 5 arcades with 3 portals. The two side portals have the fanlight in the eardrum and small arcs adorned by reliefs and statues. To the sides of the facade there are two Romanesque towers strengthened by tapered buttresses and crowned by a Gothic steeples tall 75 meters.
The beautiful cathedral of Notre Dame is one of the most beautiful of Normandie. The cathedral was built in 1077 in a Romanesque style. It was referred in Gothic style in the thirteenth and fourteenth century after the fire of the 1105 .
The tower of the cruise was built in Gothic style in the fifteenth century while the dome in copper was made around the 1860.
I really only visited Bayeux for the Tapestry, however, as we were walking down the streets of Bayeux, we stopped outside of a beautiful gothic cathedral: le Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Bayeux.
We didn't actually tour inside the cathedral, which is a shame. If I return to Bayeux, I would definitely take the time to explore the cathedral fully, as there's a lot of history here.
The cathedral was consecrated in 1077 on the site of previous sanctuaries. 28 years later, it was partially destroyed, but it was rebuilt and added on to throughout the following centuries. As a result, it has a variety of architectural styles. The western side has Romanesque towers while the nave is designed in Norman Romanesque. The choir features Norman Gothic architectural style and Renaissance stalls. Apparently Odo of Bayeux, the archbishop of Bayeux (William of Normandy's half-brother) is responsible for the structure we see today.
The Notre-Dame Cathedal of Bayeux is supposed to be one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in France. The photo I took doesn't do it justice, as it was raining on the day that I was there, and I was a new at photography, so I didn't have the insight to take the greatest shots. Regardless, if you do a search for photos of the cathedral online, you'll see what I mean!
It should be noted that Notre Dame was also the original home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry until it was moved to where it is today, down the road, at Centre Guillaume le Conquérant on Rue de Nesmond in Bayeux.
The construction of a Romanesque Cathédrale de Notre-Dame started in 1077, but that church was destroyed during the siege of Henri 1st of England in 1105. So, a new building was erected between the 12th and the 14th century in Gothic style.
Only the crypt (12th century) and the bell towers remain from the original church, although the towers have Gothic steeples. The tower of the cross is flaming Gothic and dates back to the 15th century, but it has a 19th-century copper steeple.
I suppose that the façade was being restored in 2001, as we haven't got any photo of it, but only of the towers and the apse.