Quimper Travel Guide

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Quimper Things to Do

  • Half timbered buildings

    Quimper is in the Bretagne area of France..and has many lovely half timbered buildings. Timber framing method used for thousands of years.. There are many styles.

  • Cathedral of St Corentin

    Corentin was the first Bishop of Quimper. The construction of the cathedral was commissioned in 1239. The twin spires of the gothic building dominate the skyline.

  • The Quimper Museum of Fine Arts

    Musée des Beaux-Arts de QuimperOpen every day except Tuesday, from 10h to 12h and from 14h to 18hThis museum was created in 1864 thanks to the donation of the personal art collection of Count Jean-Marie de Silguy, a Quimper native. His condition related to his gift was that the town would build a museum to house the works. And so it was; the museum...

  • Terrific Art Museum in Quimper

    Here is my Journal entry for our visit to Beaux Arts in Quimper.Next we wandered across the square to the Musée des Beaux Arts where they were having an exposition of works by Jules Breton. It was a wonderful exhibit . . . particularly because they included studies he made for the various larger works. It gave you a hint of his thought processes so...

  • See More Cathedral Treasures

    There are still more objects to look at. For instance the pulpit has carved medallions illustrating the life and death of their . patron saint Corentin. Then there are a great number of stained glass windows including fine modern ones as well as statuary.

  • Find the King on His Horse

    The statue of Good King Gradlon, the 6C founder of Quimper, is hard to locate on the West front of the Cathedral. Above the central door pediment are twotall and wide central windows. Capping these is a decorated pediment. Upon this is set the King on his horse, with the two lateral spired towers looking down on him.

  • The Church Has Many Other Treasures to...

    There is also fine 19C glass in each of the large transept windows, one with a Last Supper, the other commemorating 12 Breton Saints. There a many good statues of bishops as well as devotional figures, some used in processions and an Entombment. The pulpit has carving related to the patron Saint Corentin, a hermit of the 5C and first bishop who was...

  • See the Interior Cathedral Structure

    The nave is long and high. The triforium is also tall with an unusual trefoil heading decoration. The clerestory windows are tall wide and graceful with 15C stained glass. When we were there the choir and altar were sealed off by a painted scrim to keep elaborate restoration from interfering with services held in the nave.

  • See the Outside of the Cathedral

    The Cathedral of Quimper is quite imposing when first seen with its two spire topped towers at its west side, erected in 1850 over a 1425 Flamboyant Gothic facade. The church itself was laboriously built over a period from 1240-1515. The sculptures and oter fine finishing are also 19C. Both the North and South sides have graceful presentations as...

  • Visit the Cathedral

    This Gothic Cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries which may explain why the Chancel is out of line with the Nave - immediately evident when entering by the main door and standing at the back of the church. I just about captured it on the first photograph here.The effect of light and colour from the high painted, vaulted ceiling,...

  • Old houses at the old city of Quimper

    If you go to Quimper, you have to visit Quimper's old city. Beside of there are a lot of interesting small shops, the houses are pretty.

  • Ponny horse

    There are really cute kind of ponny horses and they usually parked near the traditional market on the heart of Quimper city. I've never seen the loveable horses like these before..

  • Odet River

    You have to give about 15minutes to just sit and relax near to Odet River that flow through the city of Quimper. The river is so calm and nice, and clean too. Some people say that Quimper with Odet River is the mini Paris with Seine River.

  • Quimper-home of the pottery.

    The beautiful town of Quimper is on the river Odet and can be reached by boat trip from Beg-Meil.They were celebrating an anniversary of the pottery when we were there and giant replicas of cups,saucers,teapots,etc.,were placed around the town in incongruous places:like the middle of the river,up the hillside,in the streets.The town is very...

  • A Paean to Pottery

    Musée de la Faïence14, rue Jean-Baptiste Bousquet29000 QuimperOpen Monday through Saturday from 10h00 to 18h00. Closed Sundays.If you are a fan of Faïence pottery, you will love this museum. The history of the pottery is presented, from its birth in 1699 to the present. There is also a gift shop where you can get some Faïence to call your own.


Quimper Hotels

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  • Hotel Gradlon

    In the heart of old Quimper, this three star hotel offers charm at reasonable rates. The rates for a...

  • Hotel Celtic

    when we first took a look from outside the hotel, we thought that it maybe not the best quality, but...

  • Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper

    6 Rue Theodore Le Hars, Quimper, Brittany, 29000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Quimper Restaurants

  • French Creperie

    Creperie du Quartier Tasty meal , has menu of the day at 10.90 euro. Main meal ,with glass of cider, Dessert and coffee. My table was inside,but there were outside tables even on the last day of October.

  • Somewhere for everyone!

    The old town is full of places to eat. We only wanted a snack but had we been staying longer choosing where to go for a full meal would have taken as long as eating the meal. But as you wander around the old , narrow streets feast your eyes on the colourful buildings.

  • Plan Ahead

    We were in town on a Sunday and had a difficult time finding a place to eat (in our price range) on a Sunday at noon. Many places were closed, others were full and the very few we could find open were quite expensive. We did find a sandwich shop and had a great sandwich, but if we'd planned ahead, we might have had an excellent Sunday noon...


Quimper Shopping

  • Laguiole

    Almost any shop in Quimper sells Laguiole cutlery. I was fortunate to purchase a set of knives and associated servers. The Laguiole knife has been crafted in the heart of France for over 200 years. Monsieur Pierre Dubost, a professional in cutlery founded Dubost Colas Pradel in 1920. They started in a small workshop but rapidly grew under the...

  • Practical Treasures

    Quimper is noted for its Faience-- a tin glazed pottery that has been crafted in the region for hundreds of years. The pottery is beautiful, and varies in style and quality. My favorite is the style pictured here.You can buy lesser-quality items for very little money, and the price goes skyward for the better quality new and antique items. There...

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Quimper Local Customs

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    Celtic parade

    by lusti Written Mar 17, 2005

    If you're lucky, you can see some men that are really good playing traditional european instrument with bagpipe that sound really good. They walk along the city street, and we can see their performace at the park near the cathedral and mairie de Quimper. Worth to see!

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