A big wheel
A river runs through Bayeux

27 May 2000


Bayeux is a town steeped in history. Most recently it was the first town taken back by the Allies in June 1944. Much earlier it was a town of the Vikings, still speaking Norse after the Norse who became French had switched languages.

We would have liked to have spent more time here but the D-Day beaches were calling in the morning when we arrived at the tourist office. Later, after a long day on the beaches and in museums, we returned to Bayeux to hear a concert in their beautiful cathedral and have a quiet dinner. The town is famous for much more than that and we will return to see it. Here's a few pictures:

Another water shot

Cathedrale Notre-Dame

The cathedral is Norman Gothic with parts from the original church of 1077.

The central tower is fifteenth century with a 19th century bonnet.


Here's the same sight with more context:

outside of the cathedral

And the outside of a rose window:

exterior of the rose window

God is in the details

The Nave is well lit…

the nave

…with detail-filled walls:


Here's a close-up of some of the detailing supposedly showing oriental influence taken from illuminated manuscripts:

close up

The altar is surrounded by three stories with paintings of the first bishops of Bayeux on top:

Bishops on high

Here's the lectern:

sermon place0

There is some stain glass here:

rose window from inside
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