Coutances Cathedral was consecrated in 1056 at a ceremony attended by William Duke of Normandy (William the conqueror). The building was commissioned by Bishop Geoffroy de Montbray and was built in the Norman style. The bishop accompanied William to England in 1066 and returned with gifts for the cathedral. In 1247 the present cathedral was completed in a gothic style and built over the top of the previous cathedral. Behind many of the walls and towers are the remains of the Norman cathedral which you can see on a guided tour of its upper parts. The picture shows the stained glass windows which you walk past and then higher up the lantern tower which is also accessible on the tour. Paid tours have to be booked in advance and it’s an activity I would highly recommend. The cathedral is open every day and entry is free.

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