01 Oct 2019
The impressive Game of Thrones® medieval-style tapestry, depicting key moments from the fantasy drama, has gone on display in the home of the Bayeux Tapestry.
The Game of Thrones® Tapestry is being exhibited in the historic Hôtel du Doyen in Bayeux, Normandy, within walking distance of the legendary eleventh-century Bayeux Tapestry, which was a key source of inspiration for its new neighbour.
The Game of Thrones® Tapestry, which had previously hung in the Ulster Museum in Belfast since 2017, was created by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with HBO to celebrate a decade of filming and production for the hit series in Northern Ireland.
A team of 30 volunteer stitchers, working with staff in the Ulster Museum, completed the final section of the tapestry telling the story of Season 8 following the broadcast of the final episode of the TV blockbuster earlier this year. The tapestry is now an astonishing 87 metres long.
In August, Tourism Ireland carefully shipped the Game of Thrones® Tapestry to Bayeux, where it is now on display in the exhibition space at the Hôtel du Doyen until 31 December 2019.
Admission to the exhibition is free, and several other display areas will include images of Game of Thrones® filming locations in Northern Ireland, information on how the tapestry was made, and a display of some of the iconic items related to the show.
The Tapestry captures iconic moments from the show's 8 seasons
The Bayeux Tapestry was originally commissioned by Bishop Odo, William the Conqueror’s half-brother, to commemorate the Norman conquest of England.
Its twenty-first-century ‘twin’ was created to capture the dramatic Game of Thrones® storylines and celebrate the strong links between the TV show and Northern Ireland, where most of the filming took place.
In a nod to Northern Ireland’s rich textile heritage, the tapestry is woven from linen sourced from one of the last surviving linen mills in the region, using threads of metallic, cotton and silk yarns.
Often billed as the ‘real Westeros’, Northern Ireland has been the physical and spiritual home of Game of Thrones® for a decade. Thousands of fans now flock to an array of attractions, tours and authentic experiences related to the show.
For the ‘making of’ video of the Game of Thrones® Tapestry, click here
Find out more about Game of Thrones® in Northern Ireland click here
To see an interview about Northern Ireland with George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones® saga, click here
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