Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux

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We drove from Paris to Bayeux.  We wanted to use Bayeux as the starting place for our day of Normandy WWII site-seeing. Bayeux was a beautiful city, and we were lucky enough to have a great view of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux from our hotel room window (we stayed at Churchill Hotel and highly recommend it). I photographed the cathedral two nights in a row – the first night was foggy, so I couldn’t resist taking more pictures of the cathedral against a dark, clear sky on our second night in Bayeux. On our way out of Bayeux we stopped at the cathedral so that we could walk around the inside of it – it was fairly early, so I was surprised and thankful that it was already open. I would have been sad had I not gotten to see the inside of the cathedral that I had thoroughly enjoyed photographing the exterior of the building.

The cathedral was consecrated on July 14, 1077, and was rebuilt following extensive damage during the 1100s.

The fog provided both a nice challenge and a beautiful, blue backdrop against which to photograph the cathedral.

Notre Dame Cathedral – Bayeux


Notre Dame Cathedral – Bayeux


This was one of my favorite parts of the cathedral.  I don’t recollect every having seen a cathedral that had windows in a place similar to where these windows were located.

Notre Dame Cathedral – Bayeux


Though I appreciated the fog, I was thankful that the sky was clear on our second night in Bayeux.  The darker sky made for better night-time photos and did a better job of bringing out the cathedral lighting.

Notre Dame Cathedral – Bayeux


Notre Dame Cathedral – Bayeux


As much as I enjoyed getting to see the outside of the cathdral and photograph it at night, I was even more excited to get to examine the detailed cathedral inside and out during the daytime on our last morning in Bayeux.

Vines & Notre Dame Cathedral – Bayeux


Notre Dame Cathedral – Bayeux


Red doors


I had never seen gargoyles before going to Paris and didn’t anticipate getting to see them outside of Paris, so I was thrilled to discover that Bayeux’s Notre Dame Cathedral also had gargoyles.  Apparently, the pigeons like them, too.

Gargoyle


Gargoyle


The inside of the cathedral was beautiful.  I especially enjoyed getting to photograph the many brightly colored, stained glass panels.

Notre Dame Cathedral – Bayeux


Stained Glass Cross


Beautiful details


Stained Glass Panel


Arches & stained glass


Until it be thoroughly finished!


Inside one of the chapels


Morning light, shining through


Mary & Jesus


Black & white floors


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