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Coutances is one of the oldest town’s of France. The history is rich going back as far to the time of the Romans. Notre Dame de Coutances is amazing to see from a distance. It is like a palace, a castle that has with stood time. Thankfully the Germans & Americans did not destroy the cathedral in WWII, even though most of Coutances was wiped out.

This cathedral has a rich history dating back to the 5th century. An invasion of the Normans in the 9th century left the cathedral destroyed, rebuilt in the mid-11th century in the Romanesque or Norman style. The consecration was attended by William, Duke of Normandy (later known as the Conqueror), in 1056. A serious fire in 1210 introduced the present Gothic cathedral, completed in 1274. The architect was the same that designed Notre Dame, in Paris. The cathedral was fortunate to have escaped destruction during WWII, unlike the town of Coutances that needed to be completely rebuilt.

Notre Dame de Coutances is a National site of France.

ICON Photo for Strictly Gothic
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Pentax K100D; Sigma F3.5-6.3, 28-300mm; 1/750 @f/9.5; ISO 200; Landscape; 300mm
Hand held
Edit in Lightroom 2

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landscape, cathedral, architecture, gothic, france, normandy, normandie, coutances, la manche, amy ralston

Comments

  • Meike
    Meikeover 5 years ago

    WOW.. Stunning shot!

  • Thank you very much.

    – AmyRalston

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...over 5 years ago

    fabulous image!

  • Thanks, Pamela ;-).

    – AmyRalston

  • MIGHTY TEMPLE IMAGES
    MIGHTY TEMPLE ...over 5 years ago

    awesome , shows the enormity of the cathedral . Your lighting / PE is super !

  • Thank you, Roddy!

    – AmyRalston

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    majestic shot
    i love it

  • Thanks ;o)!

    – AmyRalston

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    great work.

  • Thanks for all your comments, Scott!

    – AmyRalston

  • GCAPARO
    GCAPAROabout 5 years ago

    What a wonderful image, a definate favourite.

  • Thank you for the comment and the favorite!!!

    – AmyRalston

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 4 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Thank you very much!

    – AmyRalston

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarellialmost 4 years ago

    AMAZING!;-)

  • Thanks, Daniela.

    – AmyRalston

  • cclaude
    cclaudealmost 3 years ago

    My favorite cathedral – clean, pure lines and an austerity in its decoration. Great capture from a good vintage point.

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