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. Use our Rouen trip itinerary maker to add Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and other attractions to your Rouen vacation plans.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The building is so gorgeous. But what we loved the most was the light show late at night. We did not know what to expect, and we were amazed! It's so beautiful and fabulous and really difficult to des...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    From the minute you walk through the streets and get your first view you realise that the place is very special, it's stunning. The external architecture is so detailed and wherever you look there is ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Search a bit before you this impressive cathedral is in the city of the churches. Due to many bombing during WW2, there is a lot of new construction in the city centre. Tastes different, but I find the combination modern/old at the expense of the historic centre. The Cathedral is no, many decorations on the outside. High ceilings, beautiful acoustics. Just remember the chapel where Joan of arc is being honored. Near the Cathedral has spent her last moments on the stake.
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  • September 2, 2017
    The light show is brilliant ! Don't miss it in the summer evenings! It's free and the beginning is at 22:30.
  • August 9, 2017
    In the daytime I could stare for hours at the intricate stonework. At night in the summer it becomes an amazing light show.
  • August 7, 2017
    Famous viking Rollo, king of Normandie and brather of Ragnar Lothbrok, was burred there.
  • May 2, 2017
    Great church. The façade is a can’t miss but must see. The inside is beautiful as well. We attended a Sunday morning mass and as visitors felt very welcome. Thank you for the hospitality.
  • August 19, 2017
    Very pretty cathedral. Very nice place to visit and stunning architecture.

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Where to stay in Rouen

If your main reason for visiting Rouen is its famous cathedral, which inspired Monet to paint dozens of canvasses, consider booking your room at a hotel in or around the city center. Despite being within walking distance of the cathedral and the river, hotels in this area provide comfort and privacy at modest prices. If you're looking to splurge and location isn't your priority, think about staying at a luxurious hotel-spa situated farther outside the city, where you can have access to heated outdoor pools.
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