Notre-Dame de Bayeux Cathedral

Located in the heart of Old Bayeux, Notre-Dame Cathedral is a remarkably well-preserved Norman jewel of medieval architecture.

Bayeux Cathedral was consecrated in 1077 by Bishop Odon de Conteville in the presence of his brother, William the Conqueror. It was to decorate the nave of the cathedral that Odon had the famous Bayeux Tapestry embroidered, which tells the story of the conquest of England in 1066 by William, Duke of Normandy.

Begun in the Romanesque period, Bayeux Cathedral is on the whole a Gothic church. As its construction was spread out from the 12th to the 15th century, the different styles of this art can be found there: Early Gothic, Radiant Gothic and Flamboyant Gothic. During its construction it was redesigned and enlarged. In fact, most of the construction is concentrated in the years 1230-1270. This is why it has a fairly large unity of style: a 13th century Gothic building enveloping the early Romanesque structure.

The cathedral seen in a different way…