1,000-Year-Old Embroidered Art Illustrates Historical Battle Across 230 Feet of Linen

Where does the Bayeux Tapestry hang today?

The completed Bayeux Tapestry hung in the Bayeux Cathedral for some time, but the embroidery was eventually taken down and kept in a cedar chest—to ward off moths—in the cathedral. (It was removed and hung for eight days every July.) The irregularity of its display caused people to forget what it depicted, and it was only during the 18th century that French antiquarians in Paris recognized the significance of the embroidery.

Since 1993, the Bayeux Tapestry has called the Bayeux Museum its home, and it is kept safe in a specially designed display case that allows it to be seen at once.

The tapestry will remain in the Bayeux Museum for several more years. In January of 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the tapestry would be on loan to Britain.

All images via the public domain. 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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