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Miraculously unscathed during World War II, Bayeux was the first city liberated by allied forces after D-Day. Used as a medical and logistical hub during the remainder of the war, Bayeux was also the site of General de Gaulle’s famous Bayeux Speeches declaring France to be firmly on the side of the Allies. A 15 minute drive to Gold Beach and 35 minutes to Omaha, Bayeux is the perfect springboard for visiting numerous World War II sites including the American Cemetery at Colleville. In addition, numerous tour operators depart everyday from La Place du Québec, a mere 2 minute walk away.
But Bayeux is also an ancient city whose earliest roots can be traced back to Druid campsites that lined the Aure river. It later became a Gallo-Roman settlement and later still, an important city in Medieval Normandy. The UNESCO world heritage artifact, the famous Bayeux Tapestry is a must see with audio tours available in over 20 languages. Detailing William the Conqueror’s conquest of England, it was commissioned by William’s half brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. The town’s sumptuous Roman Gothic Cathedral figures prominently in the almost 1,000 year old work of embroidery as several scenes said to have taken place there.
While cobblestone streets and wood timber homes serve as a daily reminder of the city’s medieval roots, Bayeux is also a lovely, livable city of the present. The historic city center is so small that it can be entirely explored by foot and there are many scenic walks, great restaurants and charming boutiques to discover. The citizens of Bayeux are used to sharing their city with people from around the world and will welcome you with warmth and charm.
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