Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web
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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  • The inside of the cathedral is like many others in Europe (very large, impressive) but the outside is where it really shines. This is especially true during the evening light show where several differ...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful Cathedral both inside and out. The Cathedral holds many effigies of kings both French and English, and if course the very brave Joan of Arc. This is definitely worth a visit. There...  read more »
  • Having seen this x number of times in paintings by Monet you feel you already know this place but it still is amazing in the flesh as it were. The stone carving are incredible, like lacework. Just gaw...  read more »
  • Magnificent. Amazing how it was built all those years ago without the equipment used today. We'll done to those who rebuilt it after the war. Money well spent for us to see in its true splendor.
  • Awesome to young realize the intrinsic value.of such architecture as youth is wasted on the young
  • Very pretty, but to be honest, it's difficult to know what's unique about each cathedral without being a bit of an expert in the field (I'm not). Watch out for "beggars" (conmen pretending) around the entrance.
  • The architecture really impresses and the streets around give you a historic flavor of the surroundings.
  • I didn't go in but it looks very picturesque from the outside, and as you can see it from all over central Rouen it helps you to get your bearings if you get lost.
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