Cathedrale de Coutances, Coutances

Regarded as a fine example of Gothic architecture, Cathedrale de Coutances is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral constructed from 1210 to 1274 that also incorporates the remains of an earlier Norman cathedral. It is a classic example of the Gothic style of Normandy in its use of long, straight, vertical lines. When you visit, you will find the site dominates the town of Coutances, especially when lit up at night, and can be seen from as far away as the island of Jersey.

One feature to keep in mind while you explore is that the central tower, or Iantern, is known locally as the Plomb. When Vauban, a famous French engineer, visited Coutances, he is said to have exclaimed that the man who built Cathedrale de Coutances must have been an "inspired fool". The Island of Jersey can also be seen from this tower. Work out when and for how long to visit Cathedrale de Coutances and other Coutances attractions using our handy Coutances trip itinerary builder .
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  • This monument that has been very well restored after the damage he suffered during the last world war is a real gem, a pride for the region. Thanks to its remarkable acoustics, the Cathedral hosts sometimes of great concerts (to remember, the concert of the coutancaise choir Cosedia Cantabile) every Sunday of Pentecost)
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  • we went through the cathedral and it was nice - as cathedrals are for the most part. After 10 minutes we had pretty much exhausted cathedral viewing activities so went to explore the town, the economy...  more »
  • Coutances is a very pretty town of Normandy and its monuments are lovely. The Cathedral is great as well from the outside than the inside.
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  • I would love to see coutance because my ancestor come from coutance
  • A fascinating building with beautiful organ and stained glass windows on the inside and flying buttresses and magnificent towers and spires on the outside. No charge to enter.
  • Beautiful, but was closed.
  • Who is nearby and would like to take a little trip can look forward to a beautiful Cathedral and a nice small town.
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  • The must of the Norman Gothic with Bayeux. The small town, but Bishop important in a small area, the Cathedral, the churches of St. Nicholas and St. Peter... just the door to push... a little effort. .. Please
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