Tuesday 19 November 2019

Thrones tapestry in epic trip to Bayeux

A scene from Tourism Ireland’s Game Of Thrones tapestry
A scene from Tourism Ireland’s Game Of Thrones tapestry

A 90-metre embroidered tapestry telling the story of Game of Thrones has been transported to the home of one of the most famous tapestries in the world.

The hand-sewn depiction of the epic tale drew inspiration from the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, and has now opened as a neighbouring visitor attraction in the historic French town.

Journalists from across the world were in attendance yesterday as the Mayor of Bayeux, Patrick Gomont, opened the attraction to the public at the Hotel du Doyen.

Mr Gomont welcomed the arrival, saying it was evidence of the continuing "influence and strength of the reputation of the Bayeux Tapestry".

The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of the Norman conquest of England in 1066 led by William the Conqueror.

Created nearly 1,000 years later in 2017, the Game of Thrones tapestry is no less bloody, with the violent scenes the series is famous for intricately recreated.

The 87-metre long tapestry was completed after the final episode of season eight.


Mark Henry of Tourism Ireland, which devised the tapestry, said the initiative came after an approach by the Bayeux Tapestry Museum to the Ulster Museum in Belfast, where the Thrones tapestry is kept.

"Bayeux became aware that it had been a source of inspiration and asked whether we would bring the tapestry over," he said.

There have been further loan requests from both Britain and the US for 2020.

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