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Bayeux

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RégionBasse-Normandie
(Lower Normandy)
DépartementCalvados
Arrondissement6 cantons
126 communes
6, 022 habitants
Canton16 communes
20,744 habitants
HabitantsBayeusains or Bajocasses
Population (1999)15,403
Postal code14400
INSEE code14047
Agglomeration (2004)Communauté of communes
28,366 habitants
Area7 km²

Bayeux is a small town and commune in the Calvados département, in Normandy, northern France.

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Administration

Bayeux is a sous-préfecture of Calvados. It is the chief-town of the arrondissement of Bayeux and of the canton of Bayeux.

Location

Bayeux is located just a few kilometres from the coast of the English Channel, and between the city of Caen to the east and the base of the Cotentin Peninsula to the west.

History

The area around Bayeux is called the Bessin which was a province of France until the French Revolution. The name of the town and of its region come from the Celtic tribe of Bajocasses who inhabited the area.

During the Second World War Bayeux was one of the first French towns to be liberated during the Battle of Normandy, and on June 16, 1946 General Charles de Gaulle made his first important speech on liberated French soil in Bayeux.

Sights

The town is a major tourist attraction, most well known for the Bayeux tapestry, made to commemorate the Norman conquest of England in 1066, which is displayed in a museum in the town centre.

Miscellaneous

Bishops

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Births

Bayeux was the birthpace of:

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