The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Bayeux dates back to the 11th century and though not the oldest or largest cathedral in France, it is stunning! It was consecrated in 1077 in the presence of William the Conqueror, king of England and Duke of Normandy. Another must see is the Bayeux Tapestry, which was kept in the cathedral until 1793. The tapestry is nearly 230 feet long and 20 inches high and depicts the events leading to the Norman conquest of England and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. That it has survived over 950 years is amazing and its clarity and detail must be seen to be believed. Kept in a light and climate controlled chamber, photographs are not allowed, but there is a wonderful narration on each of the 50 scenes. I just don’t have enough superlatives to describe what a fascinating piece of history it is. Bayeux was also renowned for its lace and there is plenty on display in windows all over the city.