Coutances The Essential
From its hilltop location, presided over by its magnificent cathedral with slim spires, the old town looks out over the surrounding bocage. Coutances was the religious and judicial capital of the Manche département until the Revolution, then 60% destroyed by the bombings of June 1944. It has risen from the ashes, returning with even more vitality. The town proves this every day, in particular during its jazz festival.
Begun in 1056, this cathedral is