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City of Art and History

Quimper, capital of Cornouaille, is a city of Art and History. The ancient Quimper, the fortifications, the traditional half-timbering houses, the Saint-Corentin Cathedral, the Odet river… Here is a list of what you will fin in this authentic town of Brittany.

Quimper is made of 3 ancient towns :

  • the original site of Quimper with a 12th century Roman church, the ancient priory and a medieval garden
  • the Bishop’s town with the Breton Museum and the cobble stoned streets of the Episocpal town with half-timbered houses
  • the Ducal town with St Mathieu street and its church with its beautiful stained windows, the attractive houses of Place Terre au Duc…

Medieval town centre

Come and visit the medieval town center with its amazing cathedral. Stroll on the edges of the Odet river, discover the medieval jewels of the city as well as the Max Jacob theatre.

The construction of the Quimper cathedral which lasted for several centuries made it one of the major buildings of Gothic art in Brittany. You will love to stroll in these paved streets, wandering among the half-timbered houses and the small shops.

Culture & Quimper

You will love strolling in Quimper pedestrian streets with many shops to discover. Besides, those who are looking for some cultural visits will be spoilt for choice! With the Tourist Office, you will be able to attend to various city tours to learn more about that city of Art and History!

Do not miss the Cornouaille Festival (in July), dedicated to the sheer richness and diversity of Breton culture! Concerts, all kinds of entertainment, competitions to determine the best bagadoù, or bagpipe players, bell-ringers and dancers…and the Great Sunday Parade where everyone dresses in traditional costume. That’s the Festival de Cornouaille!

Credits: Quimper Tourist Office

Don't miss

Walk on the Odet banks

The medieval town centre

Visit of the Saint-Corentin cathedral

Visit of the Musée Départemental Breton

Visit of the Musée des Beaux Arts

Visit of the Henriot  Earthenware Factory