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. 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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  • Beautiful religious building of the Gothic art. Damage qu it n have no more information in the Cathedral at disposal of visitors.
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  • With the Sun stained glass windows give exceptional colors. A great atmosphere, the organ is magnificent, parking right in front.
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  • By a very windy day and very cold, the Interior of the Cathedral has been a very pleasant place to shelter. I took great pleasure to decipher the names in latin of the 14 stations of the cross--not sculpture or painting as often, but just an inscription on each of the 14 pillars. It is one of the unique features of this Cathedral
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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.
  • Very beautiful Cathedral. Feel free to do the tour that allows you to discover the remains of the old Romanesque cathedral
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  • Had an amazing time Cathedral, thirteenth century it seems. The architecture is beautiful, very low light for photos. The windows are very beautiful.
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