Statue of William the Conqueror

The statue of William the Conqueror is located in his birthplace, Falaise, Calvados, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of Caen, France.[1] It depicts William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy and later King of England, on a horse, and is surrounded by statues of his six predecessors. It is the work of the French sculptor Louis Rochet.[1]

Statue of William the Conqueror
Statue de Guillaume le Conquérant
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Statue of William the Conqueror is located in France
Statue of William the Conqueror
Site in France
Coordinates48°53′50″N 00°11′51″W / 48.89722°N 0.19750°W / 48.89722; -0.19750Coordinates: 48°53′50″N 00°11′51″W / 48.89722°N 0.19750°W / 48.89722; -0.19750
DesignerLouis Rochet
MaterialBronze, granite
Beginning date1851
Completion date1875


The monument is a bronze statue on a granite pedestal. Surrounding the pedestal are six other statues representing the first six dukes of Normandy: Rollo, William I, Richard I, Richard II, Richard III, and Robert I. There is also a commemorative plaque.

William carries a gonfalon (banner) donated by Pope Alexander II.[1] The sculptor, in order to make the work appear realistic, based his design on the Bayeux tapestry.[1]

Created with the help of a national subscription, it was unveiled on October 26, 1851. The six other statues are a later addition of September 19, 1875.[1]


The plaque

The French inscription on the plaque translates into English as follows:

This monument was erected by national subscription
The equestrian statue on October 26, 1851
The statues of six dukes of Normandy on September 19, 1875


The statue is located on Place Guillaume-le-Conquérant in Falaise, near the town hall, the Trinity Church, and Château de Falaise.

The Place Guillaume-le-Conquérant in Falaise.


The monument has been registered as a historic monument since 18 July 2006. The statue is owned by the municipality of Falaise.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Monuments historiques at (retrieved 12 October 2018). English translation via Google Translate: Historical monuments