On the way from Paris to Mont Saint-Michel, we made a stopover at Bayeux – a small town in Calvados, just 10 kilometres from the Channel coast. As the witness of two cross-Channel invasions (the Norman Conquest of England and the Operation Overlord), almost 900 years apart, Bayeux certainly plays a decisive role in Western history. But the historical value was not the only reason that drew us to this town…
Bayeux boasts two miracles. Despite being very close to devastating war sites such as D-Day Beaches, the town of Bayeux miraculously remained unscratched. Bayeux’s charming medieval centre with cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and café, as well as the unmistakable Norman Gothic cathedral emerged intact. During the course of World War II, Bayeux itself was never bombed by either side and it was the first town in French soil that was liberated by the Allied.
Another visible miracle was the Bayeux Tapestry – a UNESCO Heritage and the world’s most celebrated piece of needlework. The embroidered tapestry was 70 metres long and 50 centimetres high. It vividly conjures up the life in the 11th century and depicts the events leading up to the first cross-Channel invasion. In the Middle Age, the tapestry was kept in the cathedral, but now it is exhibited in the nearby Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux (www.bayeuxmuseum.com). The mystery surrounding the tapestry is how it could survive after all these years, without getting lost, burnt or destroyed.
It could be a mere coincidence that Bayeux and its tapestry remained undamaged for several years. But staying intact for several centuries must be a miracle, don’t you think?
?i?u ki? di?u ? Bayeux
N??m ca?ch b? ??i Tây D??ng 10 km, Bayeux la? m?t th? tr?n nh? thu?c vu?ng Normandy, Tây B??c n??c Pha?p. Bayeux t?ng ch?ng ki?n hai s? ki?n quan tr?ng trong l?ch s? ph??ng Tây: cu?c t?n công v??t eo bi?n Mache c?a ng??i Norman va?o th? k? 11 va? cu?c ?? b? c?a quân ??ng Minh va?o Pha?p trong ?? Nh? Th? Chi?n. Bayeux không ch? mang m?t gia? tr? l?ch s? quan tr?ng, no? co?n la? m?t th? tr?n kha? ki? di?u.
M?c du? n??m r?t g?n khu chi?n s??, Bayeux không ph?i h?ng ch?u m?t tr?n bom na?o. Toa?n b? khu ph? c? , v?i nh?ng con ???ng lo?t ?a?, nh?ng c?n nha? va? cafe c? ??u ???c gi? nguyên v?n m?t ca?ch ki? di?u. K? c? nha? th? c? theo phong ca?ch Gothic t? th? k? 15 c?ng không ph?i h?ng ch?u m?t t?n th?t na?o.
M?t ?i?u kì di?u khác ? Bayeux là s? t?n t?i c?a t?m th?m Bayeux n?i ti?ng. M?c dù tr?i qua nhi?u th? k?, nh?ng t?m th?m r?t ít b? h? h?i. T?m th?m thêu dài 70m và cao 50cm là m?t di s?n v?n hóa c?a th? gi?i. Có ngu?n g?c t? th? k? 11, t?m th?m miêu t? chu?i s? ki?n d?n ??n cu?c t?n công vào Anh qua eo bi?n Manche c?a Willian, th? l?nh ng??i Norman. Mãi cho ??n t?n bây gi?, ng??i ta v?n ch?a th? xác ??nh ???c t?i sao t?m th?m l?i có th? t?n t?i lâu ??n v?y. Làm sao mà nó có th? tránh ???c h?a ho?n hay tr?m c??p trong su?t nhi?u th? k?. Hi?n nay, t?m th?m Bayeux ???c tr?ng bày t?i vi?n b?o tàng Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux (www.bayeuxmuseum.com).