Bayeux is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandy in northwestern France.
Located about 10 km (6 miles) from the coast and 30 km (19 miles) north west of Caen, the charming medieval city of Bayeux is an ideal base from which to visit the beaches and other sites of D-Day and the battle of Normandy. Furthermore, it was the first city liberated after the landings of the allies on June 6th 1944 and the closest city miraculously spared during the war.
The medieval city of Bayeux boasts a rich architectural heritage, a fabulous historic centre, as well as its world famous UNISCO listed « World Heritage » 70 metres long Tapestry depicting the Conquest of England in 1066 by William, Duke of Normandy. which bear witness to the opulence of the Duchy of Normandy. Beside Notre-Dame de Bayeux Cathedral, a masterpiece of Norman Romanesque and Gothic art, the city retains beautifully preserved timer-framed houses, mansions flanked with towers, vast town houses and elegant private residences lined by cobbled lanes.
Furthermore, it is home to the largest British military cemetery in France: some 4 000 British soldiers who fell during the Second World War rest there, beside soldiers of many other nationalities.