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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  • If you're on the trail of William the Conqueror and his Norman friends and relations, Coutances is well worth a vist, as some of the people he took with him to sort out the English were bishops of the...  more »
  • We were impressed by the Cathedral of Coutances which is very large and very well maintained. Find out if you're in the area.
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  • An astonishing granite building of surprising height. Started in the C11 and reconstructed in in the C12 in Gothic style. It has an unusual galleried central tower with fan vault supports. The ancient stained and painted glass is all original because it survived the allied bombing in June 1944 intact. Many religious paintings add to the atmosphere. A must-see iconic cathedral. Free to get in.
  • This Cathedral is amazing. You can setup a full visit with the office du tourisme of Coutances and when you get to the top of the flèche, you will have a complete view at 360° of the area around! And if you are lucky, you may listen to classical music here.
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