Quintin lies beside the River Gouët, a town which was wealthy and powerful between the 16C and 19C, built on the proceeds of the linen industry. We spent an hour or two exploring the town after walking along the River, but only had a ‘taste’ of what is on offer.
The Church of Notre Dame de Delivrance dates from the late 19C, replacing a church of the 14C.
Just behind the Church is the south gate from the city and the remains of some of the city walls.
The Pilgrim Route from St Pol de Leon to Santiago de Compostela passed through Quintin and the 17C Chapel of St Yves is a pilgrimage Chapel, in the Rue des Degrès where the Museum of Weaving is situated, and opposite what used to be an 18C Ursuline Convent.
The wealth generated by the linen trade can be seen in the large mansions in the Rue du Commerce, and the side streets in the town. We were tired after walking but this is a ‘Small City of Character’ which could easily fill a day – with visits to museums and the castle, and lunch!
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