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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  • Of course the building is beautiful from the inside than from the outside, but there should be a little more historical info beyond the fact of having to pay the guides!
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  • Visit to Rouen, you shouldn't miss visiting the Cathedral. Magnificent façade. Lavish interior. Very beautiful rosettes.
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  • Don't miss the evening light show on the façade of the Cathedral. One of the vivid memories of the trip. Show two films. First about the history of the city, the second about the Impressionists. Mesmerizing.
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  • 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
  • Awesome gothic architecture, the cathedral is beautiful on the outside and inside. Has a lot of history. The music sounds wonderful during Sunday mass service.
  • An ancient cathedral in a quaint old town in Normandy which is called Rouen. It's a town that existed in the medieval era and this cathedrale of gothic architecture is really such a beauty. It's huge and there's a lot of history to it.
  • Beautiful even in the fog. A bit austere inside though
  • 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.