Coutances is historically the former capital of the region, and an Episcopal city. The cathedral is a jewel of Gothic Roman architecture. Many other buildings testify on how religious influence impacted on local identity. Coutances is a pleasant city to stroll around, with its shops, delicatessens, public garden, its cathedral, and sumptuous town houses...



Coutances Cathedral


Magnificent expression of Gothic Roman art, the cathedral of Coutances was built in the early 13th Century. It was constructed on the substantial remains of the 11th Century Romanesque cathedral. Vestiges can still be seen under the Gothic structure during guided tours: an opportunity to go up into the high galleries above the nave and chancel, into the lantern tower and the Romanesque towers.


Coutances Cathedral

Jazz sous les pommiers


Jazz sous les pommiers is an internationally renowned festival is organised in Coutances, in Normandy.
This festival proposes a very eclectic programme, from New Orleans jazz to electronic music. Concerts, street performances, brass bands, and creations… come and enjoy the music of different artists from all around the world.




The public garden and the Quesnel Morinière Museum


Jean-Jacques Quesnel de La Morinière bequeathed his private town house and garden to the city, on the condition that it was open to the public and that the gardens were turned into a municipal park, where medicinal plants would be grown.

The public garden combines Italian style terraces and English borders, water fountains and a hedge maze. A granite obelisk was erected in memory of the donator Quesnel de La Morinière. The three levels of landscaping works were completed in 1855; the garden became a precursor and a model for 19th Century gardens, and was contemporary to the first Parisian gardens. It is also the oldest garden in Normandy and was added to the National Heritage Inventory in 1992. The donator’s house is now home to the museum’s collections.