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Bayeux is a town and commune in the Calvados department in Normandy in northwestern France. It is located 7 kilometres from the coast of La Manche (English Channel) and 30 kilometres north-west of Caen. The city, with elevations varying from 32 to 67 metres above sea level is bisected by the River Aure. Apart from its magnificent cathedral it is perhaps best known as being home to the Bayeux tapestry that depicts William the Conqueror's defeat of Harold of England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, thus allowing William to take the throne of England.

The city was known as Augustodurum in the Roman Empire. It means the durum (Celtic word duro- 'door', 'gate', Welsh dor, Breton dor 'door', 'gate') dedicated to Augustus, Roman Emperor. In the Late Empire it took the name of the Celtic tribe who lived here : the Bodiocassi, Latinized in Bajocassi, Bajocasses, and this word explains the place-names Bayeux and Bessin. Bodiocassi has been compared with Old Irish Buidechass 'with blond locks,

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