Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • I was really impressed by this church facade and how they restored it to its previous glory, it has been cleaned and it deserved to be cleaned, this is a highlight while in Rouen...  more »
  • Was disappointed from the inside, except for the graves and burial site of the heart of King Richard Lionheart.  more »
  • beautiful inside and out. nice place to pray. priest spoke English, so was able to go to confession with him.  more »
  • 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.
  • The architecture and history of this magnificent cathedral is difficult to put into words, the only way to really appreciate the enormity of this building is to spend time walking through it.
  • beautiful place! and the light and sound show is magnificent!
  • Beautiful church. Rouen best church. We had good time here.
  • The best cathedral i have ever seen. In a blue morning sky background the towers and spires are majestic. Inspiring and impressing at the same time. Wished we had time to see at night with the lighting on