Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen

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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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  • One of the most beautiful cathedrals in France, not is missing the sound and light on the square at 23: 00 in summer.
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  • The most impressive thing about this cathedral is that they managed to rebuild it after the war. It is hugh and except from the non colored windows it is hard to tell what parts that are original and ...  more »
  • Large Cathedral, with its spires imponerande of over 150 metres. Started construction in 1202, and completed in 1880. A fantastic light show each night.
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  • 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.
  • Another gorgeous cathedral, and one of the largest as well. Make sure you hang around for the light show around 10:00 pm.
  • 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.

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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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