Quimper Cathedral

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Quimper Cathedral, properly the Cathedral of Saint Corentin of Quimper (French: Cathédrale Saint-Corentin de Quimper), is a Roman Catholic cathedral and national monument of Brittany in France. It is located in the town of Quimper and is the seat of the Diocese of Quimper–Leon. St Corentin was its first bishop.

The cathedral is notable in that unlike other Gothic cathedrals it slightly bends in the middle to match the contours of its location, and avoid an area that was swampy at the time of the construction. The cathedral was the site of a devastating fire in 1620 when the bell tower was burned and the populace saw a green devil in the flames.[1]

The cathedral's stained-glass windows also commemorate various aspects of the Catholic doctrine of the Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception. The life of St Anselm, prior of Bec in France and archbishop of Canterbury in England, is told over 16 medallions owing to his importance in the development of the idea.


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Coordinates: 47°59′44″N 4°6′8″W / 47.99556°N 4.10222°W / 47.99556; -4.10222