Quimper (kăNpĕrˈ) [key], town (1990 pop. 62,541), capital of Finistère dept., NW France, in Brittany, near the Bay of Biscay. It is famous for its pottery (quimper or Brittany ware) and also has textile, food, and furniture industries. It was once the capital of the Breton county of Cornouaille. It has a Gothic cathedral (13th–16th cent.).
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