A “Town of Art and History”
cathedralThe great works undertaken today by the Ministry of Culture
consolidated structures of the building, stripped or replaced stones eroded by
weather and parasites. Light in architecture made by liming,
frescoes restored vaults, stained glass found brightness, colors refreshed and
revived murals, gilding furniture, have rejuvenated this work of distinguished
and Flamboyant Gothic with its subsequent contributions.
Along the wall
bordering the Odet, Quimper Cathedral erects its towers as a sacred guard and
arrows as a sign in the sky. On the site of earlier buildings, its construction
was decided in 1239. This is the time of the Gothic style, the building sites
where Chartres, Reims and Amiens appear.
Cornwall FestivalCornwall Festival concerns today about 4 generations
of festival people. It is marked by its attachment to a region, a city, and
most of all, a culture that has become, over the decades, a rendezvous! From 1923,
year of its inception to the present day, the festival has become a symbol: its
history and evolution are related to those of Brittany and the Breton people.
Small pedestrian streets
Quimper remained modest in size until the 19th century. The city center can be visited fairly quickly and got interest and charm, with cobbled streets and walks along the banks of the Odet. The historic center of the capital of Cornwall, prefecture of Finistère, is divided into two distinct neighborhoods: la "Ville au Duc" (around “Terre au Duc” site) and "Ville de l'Evêque" (around the cathedral). You will discover many half-timbered houses.
Docks along the « Odet » riverThree rivers, the “Steir”, the “Odet” and the “Jet” join in Quimper before forming an estuary that opens into the ocean at Benodet. L'Odet is by far the most important of these rivers. It is bordered by a pleasant shady walk. A dozen footbridges, beautifully flowering, cross it.
Henriot and earthenwareQuimper earthenware occurred since 1708 in the historic district of Locmaria, near the city center of Quimper. Production grew by bringing clay from Bordeaux and Rouen, benefiting also from the presence of two rivers, the Steir and the Odet and the surrounding forests. The important development of Quimper pottery in the 18th century to the 19th century lead to fierce competition between local manufacturers, both in terms of creativity than on the benches of the courts!