Iconic Bayeux Tapestry

Inside the Bayeux Tapestry Museum

Imagine a group of women sitting in a circle, the sunlight helping them thread colored yarn into needles. Each have a strip of linen on their laps. They begin by poking a needle up from the back. A decade later, after making one stitch at a time, they complete their project. A thousand years later, their work remains vibrant and alive with color and action.

The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the most important historical records of the events leading up to 1066 when Normans invaded England. The embroidered details have given historians information about shipping methods, the Battle of Hastings, military technology, castle building, and more. Sewn together, the panels span about 70 meters long by 50 centimeters wide (approximately 230 feet by 20 inches). Visitors can view this historical artifact at the Bayeux Museum.

Embroidery on linen, detail Normans attacking Brittany
Tapisserie de Bayeux – Scène 19 : le siège de Dinan, Bayeux_Tapestry_scene19_Dinan.jpg: Myrabelladerivative work: Inkey, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

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