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Cathedrale de Coutances, Coutances
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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. To visit Cathedrale de Coutances on your holiday in Coutances, and find out what else Coutances has to offer, use our Coutances itinerary maker.
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  • I could discover the Cathedral. Very nice, already outside and inside also. I advise to take his time.
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  • Amazing to see a cathedral and within 200 meters of a church as large size in a "small town"! This gives an idea of what represented Coutances centuries ago.
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  • Among the 20 most spectacular Gothic cathedrals of France, is really impressive and sizes, and a preserved interior decoration, and harmony of the whole. Recommend to drive on the road to Mont Saint-Michel
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  • Beautiful, but was closed.
  • 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.
  • A MUST-HAVE FOR ANY FAN OF THE CHURCHES. WONDERFUL BUILDING WITH MANY STRONG PHOTO MOTIFS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY OUTSIDE AND INSIDE. ALSO THE LOCATION IS VERY CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN THE BUSTLING CITY CENTRE WITH MANY SHOPS, RESTAURANTS AND CAFES:
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  • Very nice building unfortunately being accompanied by a toddler I could not make the visit of the high parts.
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  • Essential discovery of the high parts to understand the beauty of the building.
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