Cathedrale St-corentin, Quimper
Cathedrale St-corentin, Quimper - Address
Address: Place Saint-Corentin, 29000 Quimper, France.
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 08:30 am - 06:30 pm Details
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About Cathedrale St-corentin, Quimper
The catholic is a brilliant execution in Gothic architecture. One feature in particular makes it stand out from others – there is a ‘kink’ – that is, as it rises, it seems to bend when seen from above. Though this is mainly so that the cathedral matches the contours of its location, worshippers say that it’s symbolic of Christ’s bent head as depicted in the Crucifixion. It has some lovely stained glass windows, and two soaring twin spires. On the west façade, see if you can spot the equestrian statue of King Gradlon, the city's mythical 5th-century founder.
When you visit, see if you can get the locals to tell you the story of the 1620s fire that devastated the bell tower – it’s said a green-eyed devil was seen in the flames.
Cathedrale St-corentin Information
- Photos of the cathedral are best taken from the side streets.
How To reach Cathedrale St-corentin by Public Transport
- You’ll have to walk here.
- Ask the locals for directions.
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Quimper Cathedral is a jewel of Breton gothic art , properly the Cathedral of Saint Corentin of Quimper, it is a Roman Catholic cathedral and national monument of Brittany. It is located in the town of Quimper and is the seat of the Diocese of Quimper–Leon. In 1239, Bishop Reynaud started the building of the actual cathedral on the remnants of an ancient roman cathedral. From 1850, an architect from Quimper, Joseph Bigot, started to restore the building, mainly by adding new furnitures, decorating chapels and replacing the windows destroyed under the French Revolution by newstained-glass windows. Address: Place Saint-Corentin, 29000 Quimper Architect: Joseph Bigot La cathedrale St Corentin de Quimper en Cornouaille
Well restored architecture with magnificent neo-gothic spires and unusual not quite aligned position of the nave. Interesting stained glass, and plenty of local references.
There was a funeral going on when we arrived here so didn't get to really look inside. Looked amazing from outside but worth remembering this is a working cathedral and the patrons should be respected.
Worth a wander. Good contextualisation and information boards and many helpful staff inside. Quite busy - a blend of tourists and worshippers.