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Coutances

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Coutances - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Manche
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Dominated by the towers of its cathedral, the City of Art and History of Coutances has a beautiful religious heritage. Built in the 13th century, the Notre-Dame cathedral constitutes a remarkable example of the Normandy Gothic art. To discover: its nave, its 13th-century stained glass windows, as well as its magnificent tower, a masterpiece of Gothic style.

Not far from the cathedral, the particularly relaxing botanic garden is a place great for strolling.

The city of Coutances is also well-known for its "Jazz sous les Pommiers" (Jazz under the apple trees) music festival, which is held every year in May.

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Coutances

Cultural and historical capital of the Cotentin, Coutances has developed a harmonious complementarity between culture, heritage and tourism. Dominated by its cathedral, the old Episcopal city invites you to discover and to linger.

Between the woods and the endless open sea, the coast of the country and its dunes Coutances notched harbors deep is one of the wildest of the Normandy coast. Annoville of the dunes, the tip of Agon, the havens Regnéville and Saint-Germain-sur-Ay are all landscapes in the rugged beauty that constantly renew the vagaries of water and light.

Things to see and do

The churches of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Nicolas, Quesnel-Morinière museum, park, old streets lined with old shops and mansions give the city a charm that has not lessened the reconstruction of the postwar period.

Places of interest

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Leisure centres
Monuments
Performance halls
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Events and festivities

Every spring, Coutances lives to the rhythm of world music: in almost 30 years of existence, the Festival Jazz under the apple trees has become one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

Every summer: the Summertime offer concerts, visits, discoveries and Coutances Country Coutances ...

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Jazz under the Apple Trees
Eclectic jazz festival in NormandyFrom 20 to 27 may 2017

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Mansion turned into the Quesnel-Morinière museum
Mansion turned into the Quesnel-Morinière museum
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The Church of St. Nicholas of Coutances
The Church of St. Nicholas of Coutances
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Chevet of the Saint-Nicolas church
Chevet of the Saint-Nicolas church
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Garden of plants summer 2013
Garden of plants summer 2013
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Stained Glass Saint Marcouf
Stained Glass Saint Marcouf
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Bishop's Park
Bishop's Park
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Portal South of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Portal South of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Bishop's Park
Bishop's Park
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Church of Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
Church of Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
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Lantern tower of the cathedral, seen from the cross (© Jean Espirat)
Lantern tower of the cathedral, seen from the cross (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the old church of Saint-Nicolas (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the old church of Saint-Nicolas (© Jean Espirat)
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The Town Hall of Coutances
The Town Hall of Coutances
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Façade of the cathedral Notre-Dame (© Jean Espirat)
Façade of the cathedral Notre-Dame (© Jean Espirat)
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Church of Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
Church of Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Jazz under the apple trees (© Eric Quesnel - TCPC)
Jazz under the apple trees (© Eric Quesnel - TCPC)
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Old Saint-Nicolas church (© Jean Espirat)
Old Saint-Nicolas church (© Jean Espirat)
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Church of Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
Church of Saint-Pierre (© Jean Espirat)
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Arrows of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Arrows of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral of Coutances
Cathedral of Coutances
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Lantern tower of the cathedral
Lantern tower of the cathedral
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Ambulatory of the Saint-Nicolas church
Ambulatory of the Saint-Nicolas church
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
Cathedral of Coutances (© Frantz)
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Near the town of Argences gardens, museums Saussey of the manor, castle Gratot are invitations to wander off the beaten track.