Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen

Experience the gothic inspiration that Impressionist painter Claude Monet felt at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, where he filled 28 canvasses with the image of this cathedral. Gargoyles that dominate the rooftop stare down as you approach the façade, but even higher up is the soaring 151-m (495-ft) lantern tower atop the transept. Prepare for sweeping panoramic views of the Norman old town and Seine Valley from the lookouts.

The abbey also has several burials, including the tomb that contained Richard the Lionheart's heart. The cathedral's strong musical tradition means you may hear a talented organist playing the massive Jacquot-Lavergne organ. The preserved archiepiscopal palace and its conserved auxiliary buildings dating to the 12th century are rare gems in France. To visit Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen on your holiday in Rouen, and find out what else Rouen has to offer, use our Rouen day trip planner .
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  • Beautiful! Awesome, perfect state, you can stay on the square and admire the façade for hours. It recalls Monet who painted the 4 seasons. It's a real journey in time.
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  • The Cathedral is impressive by its size, details of gargoyles, facades etc. The inside seemed a bit disappointing compared to the outside. Stained glass windows are under renovations, some explanations are given on the paintings and sculptures. This is a beautiful Cathedral to discover.
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  • This Cathedral is majestic, beautiful and always makes her little effect when we pass! The only regret I have is it is stifled by buildings on a square small.
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  • A wonderful place to visit! The history of the cathedral is fascinating, and the architecture is quite stunning. This is the cathedral that Monet spent years painting at all different hours of the day to capture the way it looked in different light. I absolutely loved it.
  • Amazing building. Beautiful inside and out. Used to be the tallest building in the world until 19th century. Mybwofe and I went on a tour around Rouen and got to go inside the cathedral. We were introduced to all the stone carved saints. It's a very elaborate building which believe it or not is even bigger inside than it appears and beautifully decorated. Would love to visit again.
  • Really detailed architecture. A marvel to look at. Inside very cool too.
  • Majestic arhitecture, makes you feel like you've come Hogwarts to study magic.
  • Magnificent! We were fortunate enough to hear the organ playing while we visited and it was brilliant. I was really surprised to find out that it was free to look around inside. A beautiful Cathedral well worth the visit.
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