7 Sights in Saint-Vigor-le-Grand, France (with Map and Images)
Explore interesting sights in Saint-Vigor-le-Grand, France. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 7 sights are available in Saint-Vigor-le-Grand, France.List of cities in FranceSightseeing Tours in Saint-Vigor-le-Grand
1. Cross of Sacrifice
The Cross of Sacrifice is a Commonwealth war memorial designed in 1918 by Sir Reginald Blomfield for the Imperial War Graves Commission. It is present in Commonwealth war cemeteries containing 40 or more graves. Its shape is an elongated Latin cross with proportions more typical of the Celtic cross, with the shaft and crossarm octagonal in section. It ranges in height from 18 to 24 feet. A bronze longsword, blade down, is affixed to the front of the cross. It is usually mounted on an octagonal base. It may be freestanding or incorporated into other cemetery features. The Cross of Sacrifice is widely praised, widely imitated, and the archetypal British war memorial. It is the most imitated of Commonwealth war memorials, and duplicates and imitations have been used around the world.
2. Prieuré Saint-Vigor
Saint-Vigor Priory, formerly Saint-Vigor Abbey, was a Benedictine monastery in the town of Saint-Vigor-le-Grand in Calvados, Normandy, France. Its foundation is attributed to Saint Vigor, bishop of Bayeux in the first third of the 6th century. It was destroyed in the late 10th century by the invading Normans. In the late 11th century Odo, bishop of Bayeux, attempted a revival of the monastery as an independent abbey but it was not successful, and in the 1090s the community was made a dependent priory of the Abbey of St. Benignus, Dijon. The abbey relinquished its rights over the priory in 1702. The reformist Congregation of St. Maur took it on in 1712. It was suppressed in 1790 in the French Revolution.
3. Stone of Remembrance
The Stone of Remembrance is a standardised design for war memorials that was designed in 1917 by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens for the Imperial War Graves Commission (IWGC). It was designed to commemorate the dead of World War I, to be used in IWGC war cemeteries containing 1,000 or more graves, or at memorial sites commemorating more than 1,000 war dead. Hundreds were erected following World War I, and it has since been used in cemeteries containing the Commonwealth dead of World War II as well. It is intended to commemorate those "of all faiths and none", and has been described as one of Lutyens' "most important and powerful works", with a "brooding, sentinel-like presence wherever used".
4. Centre Guillaume-le-Conquérant
The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres long and 50 centimetres tall that depicts the events leading up to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, led by William, Duke of Normandy challenging Harold II, King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. It is thought to date to the 11th century, within a few years after the battle. It tells the story from the point of view of the conquering Normans but is now widely accepted to have been made in England.
5. Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
Bayeux Cathedral, also known as Cathedral of Our Lady of Bayeux, is a Roman Catholic church located in the town of Bayeux in Normandy, France. A national monument, it is the seat of the Bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux and was probably the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry, still preserved nearby. The cathedral is in the Norman-Romanesque architectural tradition.
6. Ancien palais épiscopal, actuellement Hôtel de ville
The Palais épiscopal de Bayeux or Palais de l'Évêché de Bayeux is a former episcopal palace that stands on the territory of the commune of Bayeux, in the Calvados department, Normandy, France. It should not be confused with the Hôtel du Dean, used as an episcopal palace during the Concordat.
7. Maison de François Ier
The Grand Hôtel d'Argouges, or Maison de François Ier, Hôtel Guérin du Fresne, Hôtel de la Madeleine, is a private mansion located in the French commune of Bayeux, in the Calvados department, Normandy.
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