Cathedrale Notre-Dame

Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Bayeux

Cathedrale Notre-Dame
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
About
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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JRM
Penetanguishene, Canada65 contributions
Beautiful by day and at night
Aug 2021
A cathedral steeped in history. The very epicenter of a fantastic and well preserved medieval town. The cathedral is massive and grand. At night, it is lit up in multi-color glory. A post dinner amble around the entire edifice is highly recommended. When returning to Bayeux at night from a visit to the many nearby attractions (the D-Day beaches, the villages of the Pays D'Auge, Mont St Michel or Honfleur), the illuminated bulk of the cathedral is a familiar beacon to guide you home. Vive Bayeux !!
Written 13 September 2021
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Ivan Kinsmam
Kielce, Poland753 contributions
Not to be missed if visiting Bayeux
Aug 2021 • Family
Definitely worth a visit after seeing the tapestry. This is a spectacular example of a mediaeval cathedral. Some of its external buildings are gone but the interior is very impressive with its stunning stained glass windows and impressive crypt.
Written 20 August 2021
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kindredspirits
Minneapolis, MN1,118 contributions
Certainly a must see!
Oct 2019
We love visiting the old medieval churches in Europe. So much beauty, so much artwork and an overflow of character to take in, and more often than not, it's all free : )
Written 5 September 2020
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Ingeborg L
Assenede33 contributions
Beautiful
Aug 2020
Definitely worth a visit and it's free and in the heart of Bayeux. The crypt is very interesting too.
Written 4 September 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia30,967 contributions
Stunning building
Sep 2019
Cathedrale Notre-Dame is a beautiful building. The site dates back to ancient times, but the church was built some time in the 11th century, however it was rebuilt in the 12th century following some damage. This would explain the various architectural styles, Gothic and Romanesque. The site is also of significance as it was here, according to tradition that William, Duke of Normandy forced the English King Harold Godwinson to take an oath, following a "friendly" discussion about the English throne. When the oath was later broken William invaded and conquered England, becoming known since as William the Conqueror. The Cathedral is a large church and has beautiful stained glass windows as well as other wonderful features. This is a must visit sight if you are in Bayeux.
Written 25 August 2020
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nessie3d
Antwerp, Belgium56 contributions
A cathedral worth the definition
Aug 2020
We wouldn't be visiting the cathedral per se, but when we strolled by, we decided to give it a go.
Large enough on the inside not to bump into other visitors, well maintained and quite a lot to see.
The floorplan displayed at the entrance, demonstrates that back in the days when William was seeking papal blessing (or how you could call it) to invade England, the Cathedral wasn't that much of a cathedral. Funny when you realise references can change dramatically over time. Anyway, it also demonstrates respect towards the fallen of both great wars in the 20th century. Lest we forget.
Written 10 August 2020
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Danny H
Swalecliffe, UK39 contributions
Amazing cathedral
Aug 2020 • Family
If you visit bayeux make sure you visit here, for the sheer size of the cathedral, the architecture is amazing inside and out!
Written 8 August 2020
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Luvthemnoles
Orlando, FL36 contributions
Mother Daughter France Trip
Mar 2019 • Friends
Simply gorgeous! A must see in Bayeux! We walked all around the property and really enjoyed the history.
Written 29 February 2020
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Royston S
Hailsham, United Kingdom20 contributions
Recent and ancient history.
Dec 2019
Starting with the ancient history: Bayeux cathedral is the supposed site where Harold Godwinson, then king of England is said to have sworn to Guillaume, Duke of Normandy that he would not contest the English throne. The Norman conquest of Anglo-Saxon followed in 1066.
In more recent times, the cathedral has taken centre stage in keeping alive a certain reverence for the British and other countries' crucial support during the two 20th century world wars.
The French are stupendous at presentations of son-et-lumiere
so the offering in the cathedral should be spectacular.
Written 20 January 2020
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mlahm
Charlottesville, VA195 contributions
A Must See in The City
Dec 2019 • Couples
Ancient historical church with some nice stained glass and a crypt. Certainly should be visited if you are in the city, but do not make a special trip if Bayeux is not already on your plan.
Written 28 December 2019
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