Quimper

Colourful half-timbered buildings lean precariously over the cobbled streets in medieval Quimper, the heart of Brittany's Finistère region.

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Built at the confluence of the rivers Odet and Steïr, this delightful city features floral bridges, peaceful squares and a mighty Gothic cathedral. Through its museums, festivals, cuisine and customs, Quimper honours and preserves traditional Breton culture.

Essential Sights

Cathedral of Saint Corentin of Quimper

The twin spires of St Corentin, one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in Brittany, dominate the Quimper skyline. Adorned with stained glass, the iconic Roman Catholic church – a national monument – is spectacular inside and out.

The Old Town

A network of cobbled streets, lined with half-timbered houses, connects the charming paved squares in Quimper's Old Town. Rue Kéréon, which leads up to the cathedral, and Place Terre au Duc are among the best-preserved roads. Many of the streets are car-free, allowing you explore on foot at your leisure.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper

The celebrated Museum of Fine Arts in Place Saint-Corentin holds extensive collections of French, Italian, Dutch and Flemish paintings dating back to the 14th century. Highlights include galleries dedicated to the Pont-Aven School of artists, who were inspired by the nearby commune and its rural Breton surroundings.