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Coutance, the "Toledo of the Cotentin"

Dominated by the vertiginous towers of the Cathedral, the city of Art and history of Coutances, cans of older neighbourhoods, mansions and a beautiful religious heritage with the churches Saint-Nicolas (Romanesque) and St. Peter (14th century). Coutances is also known for its 'Jazz sous les Pommiers' festival which takes place in May.

Brief summary of history

The town was destroyed by the Vikings in 866 and until the 11th century and the arrival of the Bishop Geoffroy de Montbray, Guillaume the Conquérant companion, see Coutances truly reborn, with a new Cathedral and the Foundation of religious communities.

In 1204, the Duchy of Normandy is annexed by the King of France. During the wars of Religion, the Cathedral is plundered by the Huguenots in 1562. They capture the Bishop Arthus of Chris and forced, Saint-Lô, to browse the city upside down on a mitred donkey, the tail of the animal in the hands. Until 1569, the Bishop of Coutances exercised jurisdiction over the Channel Islands.

At the beginning of the 18th century, baron Duhamel, Mayor of the city is drilling the boulevards which désengorgent downtown and it creates nice planted walks.

Notre-Dame Cathedral

The Notre-Dame de Coutances Cathedral is a cathedral of the 13th century Norman Gothic style. The Cathedral has two arrows on the front and a Lantern Tower, a Norman-Gothic masterpiece, it is characterized by lines very pure. Discover the nave and 13th century stained glass.

Musée Quesnel Morinière

Musée Quesnel Morinière presents its collections in a former mansion of the end of the 17th century. You can admire a collection of landscapes with the flagship is a Navy of Claude-Joseph Vernet. The 17th and 18th centuries are represented by works by Simon Vouet, the Stryker and the unique table maintained in France by the Italian artist Bartolomeo Biscaino, 'Moses saved from drowning.

The jardin des plantes

The jardin des plantes of Coutances presents a harmonious balance of English-style and straight pathways of parks in French: flower beds and lawns interspersed with groups of from ornamental trees of America. While remaining faithful to the thought of its creator Adèle Sébastien Minel, the garden grew through the intervention of gardeners, with rare trees and flower beds.

Coutainville golf

13 km from Coutances Coutainville golf is situated on the seafront, in the heart of the seaside resort of Coutainville, the course combines elegantly links and bocage. This 18 hole technical and varied knows delight and challenge all golfers profiles. The course combines links and bocage is open year-round. The wind and its direction play an important role in the choice of the club. In the spring the roughs are very high.

Coutainville Golf - 6 Avenue du Golf, 50230 Agon-Coutainville - Tel. + 33 (0) 2 33 47 03 31.

Useful information :

Address :
50200 Coutances

Good to know :
Coutances tourism Place Georges Leclerc, 50200 Coutances Tel. + 33 (0) 2 33 19 08 10

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