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Cathedrale de Coutances, Coutances

4.7
#8 of 25 in Historic Sites in Manche
Church Tourist Spot
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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  • Really a beautiful Cathedral, but the surrounding deserve a good cleaning, lack of light inside
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  • "Must visit" of this beautiful religious monument when one is in Coutances. Take the time to look at and admire
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  • Do it's nice, but it's still a cathedral must love architecture, a small tour of ca was the glance!
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  • I would love to see coutance because my ancestor come from coutance
  • 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.
  • Fine architecture of the Cathedral, whose inside is very clear, with a beautiful musical entertainment. At the heart of a small town lively and very endearing.
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  • Such a construction without new technologies... The builders were great people! She is beautiful, sumptuous, but at the same time a place conducive to meditation.
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